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A charity has established a refuge service for the pets of women fleeing domestic violence. The Freedom Trust will now arrange for pets to go to volunteer carers whilst women are unable to look after them in hostels, refuges or with friends. A spokesperson for the Trust said many women do not leave home for fear their pet may come to harm and it is hoped this will encourage more people to seek help.

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