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Saving Stimpy

Written by PETA | July 24, 2009


Stimpy was wasting away. Whether he had a medical condition or simply couldn’t compete for food against the other, stronger dog on the property is not clear. But he was obviously suffering and slowly dying.

After weeks of watching Stimpy’s condition deteriorate while waiting for local authorities to intervene, a concerned citizen called PETA and asked us to step in. Our cruelty caseworkers leaped into action and quickly convinced animal control officers to visit the property. Once the officers arrived, they acknowledged that Stimpy’s situation was desperate and convinced Stimpy’s guardian to surrender custody of him.

Stimpy is just one example of the countless “backyard dogs” suffering at the hands of neglectful guardians. While these people may not intentionally abuse animals, the end result is the same: misery, anguish, and often death.

Animals left outside are put at risk by a range of hazards—including parasites, diseases, and weather extremes as well as “bunchers” (people who steal animals and sell them to laboratories) and other cruel people.

Our cruelty caseworkers constantly receive calls about “backyard dogs” like Stimpy, and regardless of whether the call is from New York City or Small Town, Arkansas, the stories are almost always the same. We know that abuse and neglect can happen anywhere, at anytime, and dogs like Stimpy rely on people like you to be on the look out for their suffering. So regardless of whether you live in a metropolis or in the middle of a cornfield—please keep your eyes and ears peeled for mistreated animals and speak up whenever you suspect foul play.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Christine Schoenfeld says:

    Here in Kansas I come across MNY dogs in similar situations as Stimpy’s and I don’t know what to do! Here in Kansas people aren’t the brightest and there are so few dog and other animal lovers i wonder why people get dogs they don’t like or want oer want to take carenof…then don’t want tro give them to loving families. Are they stubborn or stupid or heartless or all of the above?

  • Jackie says:

    I’m sure the cartoon Stimpy would be crying so hard for the dog his eyes would be sitting atop twin water spouts.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Thanks for all your kind comments regarding Stimpy’s case. For anyone who was wondering Stimpy was an old dog in failing health and his body was not able to withstand the hard times that he was made to endure. Animal control in his county was forced to make the only humane decision and painlessly euthanized him to end his suffering.

  • Emily says:

    I think the owner should’ve been arrested for animal neglect.O I don’t understand why people even consider having pets if they’re gonna treat them so poorly!

  • carla says:

    This is just plain animal abuse and those who do this should be arrested with a hefty fine or better yet leave them in the backyard for a couple of months without food or water!!!!!!!!

  • matt says:

    Looks like Stimpy’s owner could afford a nice 4wheeler ATV…just not dog food. Way to have your priorities straight. Good thing Stimpy is out of the hands of these jerks and somewhere getting some much needed love…and food.

  • bonnie says:

    We all have to do our part last dec my husband and i rescued an akita being used for breeding she was on craigs list for free. when we picked her up you could see her ribs. the owners were done w her.she smelled. she was so needy.she was so sweet. we paid for spaying shots and grooming. we couldn’t keep her because my male akita and zoey didn’t get along.we took her to akita rescue and she was adopted by the groomer thereshe shares a home with another dog and cat. today she is very happy.

  • Mia says:

    I am also wondering what happend with stimpy. I hope that he is doing much better now. Def. report this kind of neglect.

  • Kelley says:

    Why do local animal officials and police officers need to be forced and pushed to do thier job??? This happens everywherethey drag their feet and make people who report these animals to them feel like they are bieng pests.

  • Chris says:

    Were charges brought against the owners???? If not is there an address that we can write to? Geez there’s nothing stopping the owner from going out and getting another puppy and doing the same to him once he grows and is not longer so “cute”??

  • Domino says:

    Same as Emily I’m wondering what happened to Stimpy. Poor baby I hope he’s doing better. Bless the person who reported this abuse.

  • Thomas says:

    I hope that people will stick up for the chained dogs suffering in their neighborhoods. Take pictures and video report this abuse!

  • Aneliese says:

    Good post but what happened to Stimpy?

  • Emily says:

    Thank goodness someone was watching out for Stimpy and stood up for him. What happened to him?