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Update: Maxine’s Search Is Over

Written by Alisa Mullins | May 29, 2014

Update: Maxine is home at last! Fully recovered and pouring on the charm by the bucketful, Maxine now lives in a lovely home in Washington, D.C., with a Chihuahua named Sam and a human named Molly. Molly works from home, so she can spend lots of quality time with Maxine and Sam, and she lives across the street from a beautiful dog park, where the canine duo loves to meet up with the local gang for doggie play dates.

Maxine and Friend

While Maxine is “off the market,” Macey, a 2-year old pup we rescued from a backyard where she was kept chained, is still looking for a family to call her own. E-mail Adopt@PETA.org to inquire about Macey or any of the other animals we may have up for adoption.

Originally posted on March 13, 2014:

Meet one of the many reasons why PETA hates hunting:

Maxine the dog needs a home

Every year, hundreds—if not thousands—of beagles, Walker hounds, and other dogs are lost while hunting or are even intentionally abandoned if they’re sick, injured, elderly, or otherwise unwanted by hunters. Maxine is one of those dogs. She was found wandering forlornly down a rural road in North Carolina by a Good Samaritan who plucked her out of traffic.

Maxine’s rescuer turned to PETA after trying to track down Maxine’s owner without success. We immediately took the dog to a veterinarian’s office, where she was diagnosed with a severe infestation of whipworms and not one but two tick-borne diseases: Lyme disease and Ehrlichia. Fortunately, all are curable, and she’s currently undergoing treatment.

Maxine is looking for a home.

Maxine the Dog looking out the window

Maxine is a quiet, gentle soul (qualities scorned by hunters but highly valued by just about everyone else). She’s still a bit subdued, perhaps because she isn’t feeling in tip-top shape yet, but it’s doing her foster mom’s heart good to see her personality blossom every day. Maxine is a huge fan of peanut butter and keeps herself entertained by chewing on her Nylabone. Her foster mom reports that she likes to lean against people to show affection and gets along well with cats and other dogs.

Maxine’s hunting days aren’t over quite yet—she’s still hunting for a home. If you’re beguiled by a pair of big brown eyes, you may be just the person she’s looking for. Drop us a line at Adopt@peta.org if you live on the East Coast (Maxine is currently in Williamsburg, Virginia) and would like to know more about adopting her. And please share this blog post with anyone you think might be interested in having his or her heart captured by Maxine.

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  • Monique says:

    Thank you PETA. This is an absolutely heartwarming story!

  • Maxine, the Beagle is very brave herself and smart! I am proud of the beagle. Hugs!

  • Bev Jacobs says:

    I live in Virginia where I rescue dogs, and the number is NOT hundreds – or even thousands – it is at least HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS each and every year. These poor dogs generally live a life of deprivation – outdoors with little, if any: regular feeding (so many of them show the most signs of chronic starvation), vetting (they are usually crawling with parasites inside and out, heartworm positive, un-spayed/un-neutered), positive attention, comfort or shelter. It is a DISGRACE which I equate with puppy mills and dog fighting. These hounds and beagles are the sweetest dogs and NO DOG deserves to live a life of suffering, endangerment (running down roads and highways?!) and abandonment. Nor do they deserve to be shot when these awesome hunters no longer want them. It is horrifying and heartbreaking. But realize the numbers in our country are STAGGERING and disgusting. It is a crime against decency and our best friends.

  • Ruth says:

    Thank you Peta for saving this dog. I really hope Maxine finds a loving home, I will pray for her and for many other animals that need caring and loving people.

  • EYG says:

    Oh my. I would adopt her but am in Texas. That sweet face. I am sure she will find a furrever home.

  • Dixie Lee says:

    Maxine is so precious and I am so thankful a kind person picked her up. She did not deserve to be treated in such a callous manner. How dare anyone just user her like that and not care for her needs!!! They just used her to hunt and didn’t think to have her medical needs taken care of! Dogs are loving, loyal and forgiving FRIENDS. There is no reason to treat Maxine or any other dog is this mean, ignorant way! Thank God for PETA!! You are making such a GREAT DIFFERENCE FOR ALL ANIMALS!!

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