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Animals in Deep Trouble: Rescues and Relief

Written by PETA | October 1, 2010

We’ve shown you before how PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) caseworkers move mountains for animals in dire circumstances. Here is just a glimpse of their recent work: 

  • We orchestrated the rescue of four pit bulls who had been left to starve on their chains on an abandoned property in Texas. Local authorities wouldn’t help these dogs, so PETA got an outside agency to assist and is pressing for charges against the dogs’ owner.
  • A good Samaritan who found a mouse stuck fast to a glue trap in a Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) building took the suffering mouse to PETA. We put the mouse out of his misery and asked HRT to stop using cruel glue traps. HRT has agreed. 


  • Officials in Missouri refused to help a horse whose eye had rotted out because of a cancerous tumor. After CID contacted the horse’s guardian directly and explained that the only alternative to letting the horse languish was a painless release, the poor animal’s suffering was ended. 



  • In rural Ohio, we coordinated a massive effort to trap about 20 feral cats who were suffering from a variety of painful afflictions after the man who was feeding them died. This rural area has no cat shelter and few animal control services, so CID contacted nearby activists and veterinarians who were willing to help. It took multiple visits over two weekends, but these poor cats are no longer suffering.



Please always watch out for animals in need and report all emergencies and acts of cruelty to law-enforcement (police and animal control) officials immediately.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • clarisa g says:

    this is absolutly terriable to see, i would like to know how i can get involved in helping rescue animals in need like these..please respond

  • Lindsey says:

    Thank you so much PETA for all your work you do for the animals in need. I feel so much pain for all that have to suffer. I support PETA as much as I can. I wish I could do more. Way to go PETA keep up the amazing work!!

  • Cheryl Darling says:

    This is terrible. It is hard to take in that such horror is out there!!

  • Lori says:

    It’s not clear to me whether the horse with the rotting eye was able to be helped. I’ve never seen anything like that before. How horrible!

  • mscritter says:

    PETA has often been criticized for killing animals in a subtle campaign to discredit all the good that PETA does. And yet, shelters across the country kill animals, including many of the SPCA’s that so many people donate to. Anyone who does not agree that in many cases it’s more compassionate to humanely euthanize, and who has criticized PETA for doing so, has been misled by the corporate media that wants to destroy PETA. PETA is by far one of the most, if not the most compassionate and progressive animal organizations on this planet. I hope PETA survives up to the time when animals are no longer being used and abused by people who just don’t understand the oneness of life.

  • Marion says:

    Thank you for all the good work you do. I just do not understand how some people can be so uncaring.

  • Anita says:

    Its so hard to see these pictures and watch these videos. I can not see why others don’t do the things I would

  • Dee says:

    I’ll never be able to sleep tonight. Peta, you are heroes!!!

  • Connie says:

    Thank God for PETA, keep up the good work. We all have to do everything we can to make a difference.

  • Judy Boone says:

    I continue to be horrified and greatly saddened to see how animals are neglected and abused I have done some wild things to get animals rescued and I will contiue to act for animals -God bless all the people who work so selelessly for animals- What better thing could anyone do ??? If not you -then who??

  • Annette Ross says:

    I think it is disgusting how some people treat animals they love you no matter what you do to them. How would these people like to be treated the same way you should be ashamed. Peta I applaud your work.

  • Alicia says:

    ¡Gracias, gracias, gracias por todo lo que hacen a favor de los animales!!! ¡Y ojalá que los hdp que los maltratan en algún lado paguen por su crueldad!!! Desde Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Golnaz says:

    Thank you for your AMAZING work….You give me hope and restore my faith in humanity. You make this world a better place. I share everything PETA sends me, from horrific investigations and discoveries, action alerts to victories. I love you all!



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  • Bhawna Ahuja says:

    Can you please post the current pictures of these animals? I am from New Delhi, India. I wish organization like yours should exist here also…. You are doing great work, Height of spiritualism. May God bless you all.

  • Glow says:

    Thank you PETA for the dedication and effort you make everyday for the animals and because you help us to help to them too.

  • ana claudia says:

    that is terrible…this world is lost

  • Bon says:

    I am so glad that I support PETA. I don’t agree with all of their ideals, but the work they do for animals is priceless.

  • sarika says:

    Its just to awful to view how can theses people let animals suffer in such a way ….. there is no respect or love

  • Claudia says:

    absolutly great work thanks a lot guys

  • anniko says:

    It is extremely sad to know that “humans” let this happen. Animals have to be respected, not abused and neglected; we should be grateful for sharing the Earth with them! Thnxx PETA

  • Solun says:

    This is very sad…

  • Sylwia Dawidek says:

    terrible… words fail me…

  • david cindy says:

    quelle tristesse!!!!!

  • Shelley says:

    There are definately some sick people out there. Come on people…animals feel pain and suffering too. Wake up and stop being so inhumane! So thankful for wonderful organizations like PETA and individuals who care.

  • Shelley says:

    There are definately some sick people out there. Come on people…animals feel pain and suffering too. Wake up and stop being so inhumane! So thankful for wonderful organizations like PETA and individuals who care.

  • Ayu says:

    “Please always watch out for animals in need and report all emergencies and acts of cruelty to law-enforcement (police and animal control) officials immediately.” This makes me sad. I live in Indonesia and people here treat animals like shit and we have no authorities or laws that can protect these animals. One example, a friend’s friend is giving away her dog because she’s having financial issues. She’s been keeping the poor dog inside a cage 24/7 and if within 2 weeks nobody is willing to keep him then she’s selling the dog’s MEAT FOR PEOPLE TO EAT. AND YES, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY EAT DOG MEAT HERE! AND IT’S COMPLETELY LEGAL TO KILL YOUR OWN PET. WELCOME TO INDONESIA. Tomorrow I’m going to her house to see the dog (and kill her (the owner, not the dog)) with a friend and hopefully she’ll take him home with her. I’d love to take him with me trust me but I live with my parents and they have a no dog policy. =(

  • Sonja Gay says:

    Toby, you blame ‘a lack of knowledge’ & ‘a lack of intelligence’. I disagree, I blame a lack of empathy, humaness as demonstrated by the Wake Forest story…/primate-photos-land-wake-forest-in-trouble.aspx

    Surely a vet and other university dwellers cannot be accused of lacking knowledge or intelligence in the strict sense of the term. How very, very sad…

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Has anyone at PETA ever thought of contacting the show “Dirty Jobs” and having them film a day in the life of a PETA Animal Cruelty Investigator? By that I mean having Mike Rowe and the crew go out and film scenes like this and then broadcast them on the Discovery Channel.

  • alina de la llave says:

    please stop this

  • Diana says:

    please stop this

  • Angelina says:

    What kind of sick people would do this????

  • ALICE says:

    You guys are brave and tenacious. Thank you for doing what few are willing to do for some reason. God bless you all.

  • Ashi Mc says:

    wow…….i almost cried when i saw the horse…………im glad 4 organizations like PETA!!……….keep up the good work 🙂

  • Sandy says:

    PETA – Thank you for taking on the work that no one else wants/bothers to do. It’s appreciated.

  • katie4animals says:

    what is wrong with people that they would treat innocent creatures so cruelly?

  • Wareham MA says:

    There is a very similar situation on Daniel Road in Wareham Massachusetts.  The website referenced above has a several videos – including one of a cat with a horrible tumor.  Dozens of dead kitten bodies are found in the area each year.  A number of years ago 200 cats were removed from the area and the population is on the rise again with little to no response from local authorities.  Very unfortunate.

  • Toby says:

    Yikes… that’s a lot of death… I blame ignorance & stupidty for letting those animals get like that. No, not ‘ignorance & stupidity’ the ‘slanderous’ terms, but rather, the dictionary terms meaning ‘a lack of knowledge’ & ‘a lack of intelligence’… big problems those things… how to combat them? Education!

  • James says:

    What horrific pictures of such horrific suffering. There is not enough gratitude to express for putting these suffering souls out of their misery.

  • corrina from auz says:

    That tabby looks exactly like my cat shibby I could not imagin ever leaving one of my baby to the state where the could be hurting so much

  • spiderwoman says:

    it’s just heartbreaking to witness all the evil that the human being does to the animals – i have no words, just tears…