Dear Salt Lakers!

This is my friend, Cindy…she works at the Utah Animal Adoption Center and, to wrap up this week of sharing stories of some of the dogs at the Center, here is Cindy’s story in three parts:

‘In 2005, I was at the very end of a very abusive relationship with David that lasted for five years. He took me away from all my family and kept me isolated away from everybody. I was beaten on a daily basis. I was locked in rooms for three days at a time. I was not allowed out. I literally only had a pot to pee in. When you’re constantly being beaten…when he’s hitting you all the time, you start to think it’s your fault…and you ask yourself ‘did I provoke this?’ When you’re locked in a room and you have nobody to talk to, you start to doubt yourself…you start escaping into your mind. It was as though I was sure I had done something to deserve this. At one point, we were staying in a hotel and he took a baseball bat to the back of my head because he thought I was holding out money on him. The manager of the hotel would walk by and check on me once in a while because he knew something was going on. The door to our room was open when David hit me with the baseball bat. The manager found me and I was taken to the hospital. I was in a coma for a week. David fled to Colorado and that’s where he was when he was arrested and he went to jail for only four years.’

Part 1 of 3


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