How You Helped the Most Abused Dogs on the Planet in 2017

Published by PETA.

Pit bulls are the most abused and neglected dogs in the world. Today, they’re the number-one breed admitted to and euthanized in many animal shelters. Countless others languish in backyards and alleys across the country without any attention or exercise and are starved and beaten so that they’ll become “mean.” They’re thrown into fighting rings and encouraged to tear other animals apart. They’re electrocuted, drowned, hanged, and worse for losing fights.

PETA’s Community Animal Project fieldworkers answer calls for help from people living in some of the poorest communities in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, where animals often have no one else to help them. The vast majority of the dogs we see trapped at the end of heavy chains 24/7 are pit bulls. They’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them, and in many cases, they’re denied even basic necessities, such as food, clean water, adequate shelter, and veterinary care.

Pit bulls need all the help—and friends—they can get. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, PETA was able to come through for them in 2017. Check out the stunning statistics from last year:

Faith before receiving her custom-built doghouse.


Faith after she received her custom-built doghouse.


Emily before receiving her custom-built doghouse.


Emily after she received her custom-built doghouse.

  • PETA’s fieldworkers and mobile clinics dispensed more than 1,000 vials of free flea and tick prevention and other over-the-counter medications to pit bulls.
  • To provide some comfort in subfreezing temperatures, we supplied nearly 4,000 bags of insulating straw bedding to animals, like JoJo and Sheba, whose guardians refused to bring them indoors.

  • PETA’s veterinary staff provided more than 100 vital medical treatments, such as cleaning and treating Mystique’s infected head wounds, free of charge through our mobile clinics.

  • We replaced 400 heavy chains with lightweight tie-outs for dogs like Chrome.

  • Some dogs—like Princess—were plucked from hell on Earth and transferred to our partner shelter, where they got to meet Santa, enjoy soft bedding, and even learn to “drive.”

  • We worked with local legislators to get chaining banned and ordinances strengthened in 13 jurisdictions in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, freeing countless pit bulls from chains and preventing even more from being chained in the future.

We also provide support and assistance to activists working to get chaining ordinances passed in their own communities across the country.

If You Love Pit Bulls, Help Them

No other organization does more to protect pit bulls than PETA. Join us by taking every opportunity to inform your friends, family members, and even random strangers of the importance of helping pit bulls through legislation.

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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