A new program in East Texas is helping victims of domestic abuse. This week, Smith County Deputy Constable Natalie Smith started a Crisis Center for dogs. Smith says often times a victim will not leave their home because they are afraid their pets will be injured. Now, the constable's office is pairing up with local animal rescue shelters to house pets of victims who leave their home.
"For the victims and especially their children, these animals are their only source of unconditional love that they have," said Deputy Constable Smith. "Abusers take away their friends and their family and these pets are all they got."
Right now, the program is only offered in the Southern part of the county. The constable's office says about 50 percent of the calls they handle deal with domestic violence.