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Western Producer: Animals can complicate domestic violence rescue

Women who need to leave dangerous situations are often forced to make hard decisions about what to do with their pets and livestock

Rural victims of intimate partner violence have few options when they try to leave their situations.

Shelters may be hours away and they might not have the financial means to leave.

But the situation can be even more complicated when livestock and pets are involved.

Crystal Giesbrecht, research and communications co-ordinator for the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan, recently conducted a survey of survivors, the public, and those who help both people and animals.\

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