‘Garbage Pail Kid’ Goes From Trash to Treasure

Published by Alisa Mullins.

It’s OK to dispose of aluminum cans, cardboard boxes, broken appliances, and cast-off kids’ toys.

But here’s something that should never be put out with the trash: the dog.

Cute little white dog tethered to trash can

When a longtime PETA Community Animal Project client in an impoverished North Carolina neighborhood called and asked for assistance (again), fieldworkers rushed out to help, of course. But they didn’t expect to find this:

"Before" photo of Penny tied to garbage can

The woman had recently “rescued” Penelope from an abusive owner, but the tiny terrier mix’s new situation wasn’t much better: She’d been tethered by a short leash to a trash can without any food, water, or shelter. In early spring in North Carolina, the temperatures can still dip below freezing at night (and it even snowed there a few days later), so the 6-pound pup was in serious danger of falling victim to hypothermia—and she was vulnerable to potential predators (on two legs and four).

Cute little white dog wearing harness out for a walk

Now safely ensconced in a PETA foster home, Penelope is starting to realize that she won’t be put out with the trash again. She’s a little shy at first, but once she warms up to you, you have a friend for life.

PETA rescued dog Penny being held by woman

All this Garbage Pail Kid needs now is a home where she can live in the lap of luxury (or even just have the luxury of sitting on a lap). Drop us a line at [email protected] if you’re interested in picking up this pretty Penny.

Penny, a dog rescued by PETA, being held by woman

Find out more about Penelope and other adoptable animals

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