Written by Michelle Kretzer
Community Animal Project
fieldworker spotted a lone pit bull sitting in a trash-strewn patch of dirt
behind what appeared to be an abandoned house. A heavy chain was wrapped around his neck, preventing him from reaching even a single blade
of grass. He had no food or water, and his dilapidated doghouse had no floor. When
the fieldworker offered him a big bowl of water, the dog lapped it up as if it
were the first drink he'd had in a very long time.
she couldn't legally take the dog, whom she was calling "Dusty"
because of his dirty surroundings, the fieldworker forced herself to leave—but not before she left plenty of dog food with the
neighbor and implored him to continue to feed Dusty and give him water.
public-records property search yielded the homeowner's name, and when the
fieldworker called him, he said that he was having work done on the house and
would be moving back in soon. He refused to part with Dusty but let PETA
replace the heavy metal chain with a lightweight tie-out, give Dusty a new
doghouse, and move him to a grassy area.
he still isn't living indoors with his family—the kind of life every dog deserves—Dusty is at least
more comfortable. When fieldworkers check on him, he has food and water, and
his owner has agreed to have him neutered in PETA's mobile clinic.
stories rarely make headlines, and in fact, many people aren't even aware of how
much suffering PETA fieldworkers
spare animals like Dusty every day. But PETA can't do it alone. If there is a Dusty in your
neighborhood, please alert animal control. And if officials are unresponsive,
please contact PETA for help. We will never
turn our back on an animal in need.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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