Daisy Plucked From Muddy Backyard

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Whenever anybody sees Daisy in her matching pink collar and harness ensemble, they can’t help but say, “Awww.”

That’s exactly what one of PETA’s fieldworkers said when she spotted Daisy, then known as “Lady Money,” peeking out from behind a house in North Carolina. Upon closer inspection, she discovered that the little puppy was tied outside with no shelter, food, or water. She was surrounded by her own maggot-infested waste and the swarms of flies that it attracted, who were mercilessly biting her ears bloody. She was pitifully thin, her coat was dry and brittle, her stomach was distended, and her gums were ghostly pale, all indications of a severe infestation of intestinal parasites.

PETA persuaded Daisy’s owner to let us take her for veterinary care and spaying in our mobile spay/neuter clinic, and our vet determined that she was suffering from hookworms, roundworms, and coccidia, a potentially debilitating bacterial infection, especially when left untreated.

When we explained to Daisy’s owner that her medical problems, while treatable, were bound to recur if he continued to keep her chained outside in filth 24 hours a day, he asked that we place her in a new home.

Perhaps that home is with you or someone you know.

Daisy is now about 4 months old. She’s working on her housetraining skills and has recently mastered the art of climbing stairs—she wags her tail with pride when she reaches the top. She has also learned to “sit” and will readily show off this trick before she eats. Like all puppies, she’s a fan of playing with anybody and everybody—dogs, cats, humans, butterflies, and toys, especially her fluffy, squeaky Mr. Ducky.

If you would like to learn more about adopting Daisy, drop us a line at [email protected].

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind