Animals in Deep Trouble: Rescues and Relief

Published by PETA.

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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