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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 00:31 GMT 01:31 UK
Abused women's dogs given refuge
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Many women fear for the safety of their dog
Abused women and their dogs are being offered a safe haven as part of a pioneering service in London.

The Freedom Project is a fostering scheme for pets of women going into refuges or temporary accommodation.

Volunteers care for a dog in their own home until they can be safely reunited with their owner.

The Dogs Trust says many women do not leave home for fear their pet may come to harm and it is hoped this will encourage more people to seek help.

The animal welfare charity claims research also shows a link between animal abuse and domestic violence, with men threatening to harm or kill a pet in order to intimidate their partner.

Clare Kivlehan, Freedom Project manager, said the scheme "allows women in this terrible situation to know their beloved pet will be cared for and they can escape the violent household and into safety".

Sandra Horley of domestic violence charity Refuge, said: "With the Freedom Project only a phone call away, women and children can now be sure that their pets can also be rescued."

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