Chewy, a three-month-old Chihuahua, was discovered at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas by an airport security guard.
Inside one of the airport’s restrooms, the dog was a.b.a.n.d.o.n.e.d.
Chewy’s owner was apparently fleeing an a.b.u.s.i.v.e relationship. Unfortunately, his owner was unable to bring him on her flight, so she decided to leave Chewy with a letter in the hopes that a kind soul would find him.
“Hello!” read the letter. Chewy is my name. My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford to pay for my plane ticket. She didn’t want to abandon me, but she didn’t have any other choice. When we were fighting, my ex-boyfriend kicked my dog, and he now has a large knot on his head. He’ll most likely require the services of a veterinarian. Chewy is one of my favorite characters. Please look after him and love him.”
Chewy needed medical help right away because he had suffered a head injury. The airport staff contacted Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue, a foster-based local non-profit center, to assist him.
Chewy was taken in by the rescue center and rushed to an emergency vet clinic. Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue, or CMDR, takes in senior and special needs dogs and cares for them while they wait for their forever homes.
Chewy soon recovered completely, and his story touched so many people’s hearts that the shelter was able to find him a forever home in no time.
Today, Gilliam wonders how many other pet owners and their pets are victims of domestic violence and are stuck in abusive relationships.
She now shares Chewy’s story to show that victims can find a safe haven at CMDR to help those in a.b.u.s.i.v.e situations.