A 3-month old miniature Chihuahua puppy was found abandoned in a bathroom at McCarren Airport in Las Vegas with a heartbreaking note that has sparked a conversation about domestic abuse.
"Hi! I'm Chewy! My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn't afford me to get on the flight," read the tragic note from the dog's previous owner, KTRK reports. "She didn't want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option."
"My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head," the note continued. "He probably needs a vet. I love Chewy sooo much - please love and take care of him."
Someone at the airport found Chewy and took him to a Connor & Millie's Dog Rescue, where he is reported to be recovering, according to KSNV.
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"This one really got to me," said Darlene Blair from the dog rescue. "You could tell by the way the note was written that the woman was in dire stress and she didn't want to give him and she couldn't take him with her."
"I know it's hard when you're in that situation to trust someone but there are good people out there," Blair added. "And if you're in that situation and you need help to take your dog with you try not to be too afraid to ask for help."
Airport officials noted that it's not a good idea to leave your pet in an airport, since you have no way of knowing who will find it.
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After Chewy's story gained attention online, Connor & Millie's Dog Rescue wrote on Facebook that there was "tremendous interest" in adopting him.
"However, there is but 1 Chewy and he can go to but 1 home," wrote the organization. "Please consider the hundreds if not thousands of 'Chewys' loaded with love that are desperately seeking homes in shelters which are at max capacity, rescues are full! Please consider adopting another wonderful companion in his honor!"
"They too were a Chewy: they've lost their home through no fault of their own," added the dog rescue. "Life is tenuous in a shelter, lonely and the days seem endless in a cage."
Lori Nelson, who works with Noah's Animal House, said there is "absolutely an option out there." Noah's Animal House helps keep sheltered women and children connected with their animals.
"The animal is equally a member the family as anyone else and it's vital that when you're leaving a domestic violence situation that your pet can come with you," Nelson explained.