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Battered women's shelter building pet facility

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SAN ANTONIO - A common tactic among abusers, they threaten to kill their victim's pets if they try to leave.

As it stands right now, if you are a victim of domestic violence, you can't bring your pet with you to the shelters.

But now a plan is in place for pets, people here hoping it will bring more victims forward.

Marta Pelaez with Family Violence Prevention services or the battered women's shelter said an abuser will do anything to get their victim to stay.

"He will threaten to kill or hurt the animal and that happens quite often," Pelaez said.

Right now, the shelter has no means to take care of victims' pets at their facility.

But that's soon going to change.

"We will be completing construction of a pet facility to take care of that extra member of the family," Pelaez said.

In hopes of encouraging more victims to come forward.

"My hope is to remove that obstacle for that family coming to the shelter to seek the safety they deserve," Pelaez said.

Pelaez said the facility will also act as a therapy center for families.

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Pelaez expects the facility to be built by the summer.

It will be an extension of the already-existing shelter.

If you would like to help with the project, click here.


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