Last weekend, dogs and their handlers put their best paw forward during Bark Against Domestic Violence, a dog show in Bowling Green, Kentucky that benefitted victims of domestic violence and raised awareness to their cause.
The show was not a sanctioned event and participants mainly showcased the tricks and appearance of each dog.
WBKO News interviewed a member of the organization.
"A lot of times animal cruelty will lead to domestic violence or it's a precursor to domestic violence. So we're just trying to get the word out about if you have somebody who might be injuring an animal, it may turn to you next. So, we're just trying to get the word out and not forget the puppies and cats that may be also victims of domestic violence," said Marta Woosley, a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate for BRASS.
The Family Justice Center in Knoxville, TN agrees. Advocates there use violence against pets as an indicator to recognize an abuser and their need for control and coercion.
Domestic violence has proven to take a toll on all members within a family. Both adults and children, as well as family pets can be harmed simply by extreme stress within the home.
If you think you need help, please call the National Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Someone is always available to answer your call.