Husband Tells Wife 'It's Me or the Dogs!' Wife Chooses Dogs, Ends 25-Year Marriage

Liz Haslam cares for numerous rescue bull terriers through her animal sanctuary Bedsforbullies

It’s an ultimatum any animal lover can answer: “It’s me or the dogs.”

That’s the choice Liz Haslam’s husband Mike gave her after 25 years of marriage, reports

Haslam chose her numerous canines — and told Mike to leave.

“I haven’t seen or heard from him since. I thought after 25 years, he should know giving up the dogs was not what my intentions were,” she told

Haslam was born into an animal-obsessed family. Her mother bred West Highland terriers and her father ran an animal food company.

So when the Suffolk, England, resident married Mike in 1991, she already had a deep devotion to dogs. She turned this passion into her livelihood seven years ago, when she moved with her husband to a house with a half-acre of land and opened a pet boarding business.

Liz Haslam and dogs

This venture eventually evolved to Bedsforbullies, a bull terrier sanctuary Haslam founded to provide care to rescue bull terriers in need of medical or behavioral help until the dogs can find forever homes.

This meant lots of dogs at the Haslam house at all times.

“He’d got to the point where he’d had enough and wanted to slow down. But I wasn’t prepared to give it up. So he decided to go,” Haslam said of her husband.


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Since letting her husband leave 18 months ago, Haslam has not spoken to Mike, even though the former couple has a 22-year-old son. She has expanded the number of dogs she is taking in and has also offered shelter to a homeless man.

Liz Haslam and dogs

“I don’t sit down till 11:30 at night so you can’t just go on holiday. And I can’t turn around and say I am not going to do it any more, it is my responsibility, I took the dogs in I can’t just stop,” Haslam said.

Unfortunately, she will have to take a break from rescuing dogs for now: The animal rescuer says her landlord has given her an eviction notice and she now has to find a new home for herself and the growing number of rescue dogs she is caring for.

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