Boxer Survives Devastating Domestic Violence

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:45pm
Injured white boxer

Jessie is a three-year-old Boxer in Buncombe County, North Carolina, and his pet parent loves him very much.

But in March, Jessie became a victim of domestic violence at the hands of his pet parent’s former boyfriend. The man Jessie had once trusted slit his throat with a knife. Jessie lost so much blood he almost died.

A local humane law enforcement officer transported Jessie to an emergency clinic where he was rushed into surgery.

Things were “really touch-and-go for Jessie. We weren't sure if he was going to make it," Miranda Tipton of the Buncombe County Animal Shelter said at the time. “After experiencing this horrible trauma, we held our breath and hearts until we heard the good news that he made it through surgery. He came out of surgery at 11:30 P.M. and we were so relieved."

Today, Jessie is safe and sound, thanks in part to Asheville Humane’s Safety Net, a program that helps reduce the number of animals entering shelters by assisting families with veterinary care, pet food, behavioral help and other services. It saved Jessie’s life. Safety Net, just launched in 2012, is funded by the ASPCA.

We can support programs like the one that saved Jessie thanks to our generous donors—so if you can make a gift today, please consider it. Thank you for your generosity! It means the world.