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Mother Dog and Nine Pups Saved

Written by PETA | February 21, 2011

PETA’s headquarters is hundreds of miles away from central Illinois, but that didn’t stop PETA’s Emergency Rescue Team (ERT) from coordinating the rescue of a mother dog and her nine newborn puppies, who were huddling in a barrel in the backyard of an abandoned house in a rural town without an animal shelter. A concerned woman alerted PETA to the situation, and ERT’s staffers worked with the city’s small police department to quickly get the dogs out of there and into a rescue group, where they are now safe, sound, and awaiting adoption.

Check out these tips on what to do if you spot animal abuse. Remember, cruelty to animals is a crime! Please, if you know of an animal in trouble, report it to your local police department and animal control immediately. Follow up with them to make sure that action is taken! Rally your friends, liaise with rescue groups, go to the media, and never, ever give up!

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  • bookmarking says:

    faaj79 Wow, great blog.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  • social says:

    Thanks a lot for the post. Really Cool.

  • Retta says:

    Now that’s stblue! Great to hear from you.

  • Lori says:

    Good work PETA. Spay and neuter your pets. Actually, I put part of the blame on veterinarians. They charge too much for spay and neuter and people dont want to pay the money. When I win the lottery I am going to set up a free spay and neuter program for all animals in my area. If it doesnt cost anything then maybe they will do it and we will end this overpopulation of animals. Poor creatures, but at least they are now safe.

  • Jörg Salber says:

    Nice Job greatings from Germany

  • shar says:

    UNTIL EVERY INDIVIDUAL SPAY/NEUTERS THEIR ANIMAL AND STOP THE SENSELESS BACK YARD BREEDING AND THEN JUST HANDING THESE POOR DEFENSELESS PUPPIES AND KITTENS TO STRANGERS WHO THEN EITHER THROW THEM AWAY OR CHAIN THEM UP IN THE BACKYARD TO ROT….EUTHANASIA WILL BE THE ONLY OPTION…..THE FIRST QUESTION OUT OF MY MOUTH WHEN ENCOUTERING ANYONE WITH A DOG OR CAT IS “IS IT FIXED” AND IF IT ISN’T THEN I START MY QUESTIONING WHY NOT AND WHY THEY SHOULD AND IF THE ANIMAL IS SOMEWHERE I CAN GET TO IT….LIKE MY MOTHER USE TO DO…PICK IT UP, TAKE IT TO THE VET, GET SHOTS, GET FIXED AND THEN TAKE IT BACK AND THE OWNER DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT HAPPENED…..YOU ALWAYS RESCUE AND SAVE IT FROM A HORROR SITUATION THEN MEDICAL IF NEEDED….THEN YOU “HOPE” A GOOD HOME CAN BE FOUND…..BUT AFTER THE RESCUE YOU CAN’T LEAVE A DOG AND CAT SIT IN A CAGE FOR MONTHS AND YEARS…THAT IS JUST PLAIN CRUELTY AND ABUSE…SO EUTHANASIA IS KINDER….IT STINKS…….UNLESS A RESCUE PLACE CAN BE FOUND THAT DEALS IN FOREVER HOMES THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO BE FREE AND NOT STUCK IN CAGES…..SO UNTIL THIS WHOLE COUNTRY GETS THE LAWS OF SPAY/NEUTER/LICENSING ETC…AND TAKES TREATING ANIMALS WITH THE RESPECT AND NURTURING THEY DESERVE IMPORTANT ….IT IS A HARD BATTLE….I HAVE HAD MY LIFE THREATENED BY LOW LIFE TRYING TO SAVE DOGS AND NO HELP FROM POLICE OR ANIMAL CONTROL…SO IF THE AUTHORITIES SEE NO IMPORTANCE THEN NOTHING MOVES FORWARD…..WE NEED TO ELECT ONLY POLITICIANS THAT ARE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ANIMALS….GET ALL THE OTHERS OUT OF GOVT….INCLUDING PRESIDENTS….

  • Elaine says:

    Yeah! 10 innocent dogs saved! Thank you for acting on their behalf.

  • Elaine says:

    Yeah! 10 innocent dogs saved! Thank you for acting on their behalf.

  • roy says:

    Seamus,no one wants to put a healthy dog down and let’s hope the group lucked out and found 10 homes (!), but if they couldn’t find all that many, you know it couldn’t have been better to LEAVE THE MOTHER AND HER NINE PUPS out in the cold in a barrel or whatever that is, having more pups, freezing to death. My neighbor’s pit had pups and all the litter froze when I was away skiing, she told me when I came back as if “WTH”!

  • Angela says:

    I live in a little town and there is no animal control here. There is animal abuse all over town and it breaks my heart. The police have told me numerous times it is not cruelty to tie up dogs and that they ONLY belong outside. There is one lady who claims she is the towns animal “rescuer” however she is nothing but a hoarder! She has more then 20 dogs and NONE are fixed. They keep breeding, and all are outside. There is feces and urine all over her yard and around the house. The animals get hit by cars and attack kids. I don’t know who to tell if no one around here cares and its so sad!

  • friendbear says:

    I also do not agree with killing healthy animals. Ive said both these things before but a) The ONLY way to stem this national disgrace is through something similar to operation alleycat. Towncats treated as almost a species unto themselves, brought to a shelter only if injured, for s/n or if suspected of being lost and struggling to find food. Otherwise, ID them as a towncat, and release back where they were found. Just like a human homeless shelter, med help food and cleaning, then let them be! It worked here! b) I asked peta for help regarding a shelter with 2 staff for 20000 animals p/a. No phone or email answered at shelter for nearly 2 weeks, bad state etc no help from peta

  • Maria says:

    poor dogs, thank you PETA for help for them…

  • sherry says:

    thanks PETA! keep up the great work you do!

  • Lnoel says:

    I’m from Central Illinois. Where in was this?

  • aubrey says:

    it breaks my heart to see animals being mistreated, The work you do is so selfless and commendable. I will never understand how anyone can neglect and abuse such precious life.

  • Sarah says:

    Seamus – I think the point of rescuing animals from cruel situations is to relieve their suffering…euthanasia is sad, but it’s a lot better than freezing or starving to death (or much, much worse). Until people stop contributing to overpopulation by buying from breeders and pet stores and allowing their own animals to breed instead of spaying or neutering, euthanasia will be necessary.

  • Erica says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs much more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

  • Seamus McCartney says:

    I hope the rescue group doesn’t believe in putting a healthy animal down. I don’t see the point in rescuing the poor animals if they end up getting put down. =(

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