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Diary of a Community Animal Project Employee: Neglected Dogs

Written by PETA | April 27, 2010

The following is a post that originally appeared on PETA Prime.

Because of your support, PETA is able to work in local communities, helping individual animals in need. Thousands of animals are helped by PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) each year. This is the first edition of a series of posts chronicling the work of CAP—this post is from Emily Allen, assistant manager for CAP.

Before I started at PETA nearly five years ago, I didn’t realize how dire the situation for animals was in so many rural and impoverished areas. There are millions of individual dogs out there who need help. They suffer in all weather extremes, at the mercy of people who often fail to do even the very minimum to care for them. If there is a chance that we can make their lives a little less hellish, we’ll certainly try.

PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) drives for more than two hours each way every week—sometimes several times—in our effort to spare North Carolina’s animals as much misery as possible. Many of these animals don’t have anything good in their lives—certainly not the hope of an indoor life or a decent animal protection law to keep them safe, let alone a law enforcement agency that gives a hoot. Here are just a few of the dogs we met this week during one of our North Carolina trips:

Our first stop of the day was checking on a playful lab mix named Mariah. Last winter, we persuaded Mariah’s humans to allow us to spay her. We transported Mariah to and from her spay appointment, and we provided her with a sturdy doghouse. The ride to and from her spay appointment was the first time that Mariah had ever been in a car. It was also the first—and only—time that she has ever seen a veterinarian. She gets uncontrollably frantic with excitement whenever she’s off her tether, which, unfortunately, doesn’t happen very often. Mariah’s people are elderly and frail. And while they feed her regularly and talk nicely to her, they just aren’t able to give her all the attention and exercise that she needs so desperately. And they aren’t willing to give her up either. I try to stop at Mariah’s house whenever I can and take her for a walk around the block so that she’ll have the opportunity to smell new things and experience a bit of freedom.




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  • emma says:

    Hi bev just wanted to give you a bit of advice regarding your neighbours dogs. Take mobile phone footage or a camcorder if you have one and record these dogs attacking each other also record the neighbours hitting and kicking the dogs When you have evidence take it to your local police sttion and they will get the rspca to investigate and maybe bring charges of cruelty to the owners. These horrid neighbours of yours needs stopping. thanx emma.

  • Morgan says:

    reading this seriously made me shade a tear. there’s NOTHING funny about people leaving animals out to die. NOTHING is funny about them being left alone without food water love. you might think your cool torturing and neglecting animals but seriously GET A LIFE ! Your not cool.. animals have rights. Shame on the people who sitting around and do nothing. Shame on the people who crawl into bed at night with no regrets on the awful things they do during the day. Seriously people need to get real !

  • Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez says:

    I am sure I’m not the only person who is broke because of having lots of animals in my family. The current economic situation is a factor in some of these situations I’m sure. To the person who thinks broke people should rehome their animals in an economic crisis….well I hope you are never in that situation. I know I could never break up my family. I’ve been in tough spots and we stayed together no matter what.

  • Denise says:

    Hi Peta I was wondering… if I have a home job how can I do what Ms. Allen did with these dogs. Even in my home town is there a way Peta would sponsor someone to go to these homes of neglected dogs I can list off 10 right now just from my daily walk route with my dog and show them some compassion?? If you could contact me I’d really appreciate it.

  • Bev says:

    Yes Im always gobsmacked at the underpriveleged having the most animals?? Ive heard its kind of the same disorder as that hoarding one is that right?? I try to do my part…my neighbours 2 little jackrussel dogs were being attacked 247 by the bigger staffy one has already died dispite me calling rspca inspectors now the other JR dog is gettn attacked. Ive called the rspca twice since I hope they come soon. These dogs are left outside 247 not givn any attention kicked hit if they fight…the owners are mean. Dont think the dogs have seen a vet ever. My ex also wont spay his dogs one of them is on her 3rd litter he gives them to neighbours wont listen to me when I ask him to spay them or give his dogs to someone who cares. Sad. Dont know Y some ppl have dogs or cats????

  • Laura says:

    It’s nice to hear you are doing what you can to help animals like these. Keep up the good work! Makes me so happy I donate monthly!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    A question Why do people who cannot afford to feed and house themselves continue to keep dogs? As much as I love my dog Buck if I ever lost my home I would do my utmost to find a decent home for him. I would do the same for my two birds and the cat left behind when he moved I feed and house him.