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October 15, 2013

Beacon of Hope marks DV awareness month

Beacon of Hope, a domestic violence center of the Westside of Indianapolis, is gearing up for its annual purse auction fundraiser in recognition of this being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

BOH Executive Director Terry Moore said she has been busy throughout the month speaking to various groups to bring awareness to the cause.

“We received a call on Wednesday from a caseworker at Wishard Hospital,” she said. “He was asking about our foster pet program.”

BOH helps people fleeing from abusive relationships find foster families for their pets.

The phone call came from case manager Robert McClure. He was trying to find a place for a client’s pet.

“He told us the story of his client and how she was abandoned,” Moore said.

She said the elderly woman and her 8-year-old chihuahua had been taken to an abandoned house and left.

“A neighbor of the abandoned home went over to check on her because she had been sitting in her wheelchair for hours,” Moore said. “She was stark naked. She had no food or water and was sitting in her own feces.”

The authorities were called and the woman was taken by ambulance to Wishard Hospital where she is recovering. Her dog was taken to animal control and scheduled to be euthanized on Oct. 14.

The client reportedly told McClure that if her dog was put to sleep, she would just as soon die as well.

“Our pet coordinator sprang into action and found a foster home for the animal,” Moore said. “She is meeting with the woman personally to get the paper work signed and then going to get the dog out of animal control.”

Moore said McClure found enough community support for this client that she’ll soon be in her own apartment and will be able to be reunited with her dog. She added that the woman’s son was arrested because of the incident.

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