Thanks to PETA, Wiley Is Smiling Now

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Pop quiz—the ideal habitat for a Yorkshire terrier is:

  1. Paris Hilton’s purse
  2. A crate in the yard
  3. Yorkshire
  4. Your house

If you answered “4,” we’d like to introduce you to Wiley, a captivating Yorkshire terrier mix rescued by a PETA fieldworker who had spotted the bedraggled little ragamuffin locked inside a filthy crate in a muddy North Carolina yard.

A dog named Wiley soaking wet in an outside crate

Even though it was pouring down rain, Wiley had nothing more than a tattered plastic tarp for “shelter” (unless you count the lawnmower parked nearby). As a result, he was soaked to the skin.

Wiley the dog before being rescued by PETA

The crate was so cluttered with feces, urine, and mushy kibble that poor Wiley was forced to balance on three legs as he struggled to find a clean place to stand.

Wiley the Yorkshire terrier before PETA rescue

Weighing barely 3 pounds soaking wet and looking like something the Road Runner might have dragged in, Wiley was going to need more than an Acme rocket sled to get himself out of this mess. Luckily, PETA’s eagle-eyed fieldworker happened along and flipped the script for our radar-eared hero.

Wiley, an adoptable dog rescued by PETA

Now safely ensconced in a PETA foster home, Wiley’s days of shivering through thunderstorms have been replaced with leisurely hours of cuddling on laps and snuggling in pillows.

Rescued Yorkshire terrier Wiley snuggling up with a pillow

He’s resilient and feisty like his coyote namesake, but having spent most of his short life trapped inside a cage has taken an emotional toll. He’s loving and affectionate with people he trusts, but he can be nervous in strange surroundings and suspicious of humans (and flightless birds) he doesn’t know.

Rescued dog Wiley wearing a sweater and lying on blanket

If you’ve fallen prey to Wiley’s wiles, don’t wait for a stick of dynamite to jolt you into action. Give us a “beep, beep” at [email protected] to get the deets on making Wiley’s dreams come true.

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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