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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Washington Humane Society says a Shih Tzu named Coco was stabbed seven times by her owner during an apparent case of domestic violence.

Coco was rescued from the owner, who Humane Society officials say suffers from mental health issues, and taken to an animal hospital for treatment.

The two-year-old Shih Tzu requires extensive rehabilitation and has been given medications to prevent infection and help alleviate some of her pain, say officials.

The Washington Humane Society is accepting donations to pay for Coco's care. You can find that page here: www.washhumane.org/coco.

Police took the owner to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. The Washington Humane Society's law enforcement team is presenting the case to the United States Attorney's office in hopes the owner will face criminal charges.

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