Written by PETA
The first four years of Oliver's life
consisted of little more than a small patch of dirt, a metal barrel, and a heavy chain.
This sweet mixed-breed's owner gave him food and water in dirty, rusty metal
bowls—and little else. Day after day, he waited for the kind word or gentle pat
that never came.
Desperate to help the dog, a frequent passerby
made numerous calls to animal control and the local humane society but to no
avail. Faced with the onset of another harsh Midwestern winter, the man then called
PETA for help.
It took some persuasion, but we convinced
the neglectful owner
to surrender Oliver. A PETA member in the area offered to foster him until we
found an adopter, but it soon became clear to the foster "mom" that Oliver
was right where he belonged.
Now the lovable dog sleeps in bed with
his doting guardian every night. Free from the chain, he has discovered the joy
of running and makes his guardian laugh while he gleefully zips around 2 acres
of land under her watchful eye.
Oliver's story would not have had a
happy ending without the persistence of his rescuer. If you know of a chained
dog in your area, please
may be the dog's only hope.
by Michelle Sherrow
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