Friday, January 5, 2007 Animal shelter planned for pets of domestic violence victims THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WILMINGTON Local groups are trying to raise money for an animal shelter for pets of domestic violence victims, hoping it will make it easier for people to get out of abusive situations. "Any time an offender can gain the upper hand or control over their victim, they'll do it by any means," said Joy Alford, a New Hanover County assistant district attorney in the family violence unit. Probably half of the more than 1,000 victims who passed through Domestic Violence Shelter and Services Inc.'s doors in 2006 had pets, said Rick Hairston, executive director of Carolina Canines for Service Inc. Carolina Canines' existing 1,600-square-foot kennel doesn't have enough room to take on a project to help those victims and other families, Hairston said. Carolina Canines' volunteers will be on call 24 hours a day to pick up the animals once the shelter opens. The New Hanover County sheriff's office is donating a K-9 vehicle to pick up the animals and a cell phone for an on-call volunteer. From the Winston Salem Journal.