PETA Fieldworker’s Keen Eyes Save Dog’s Life

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Can you spot the dog in this photo?

A PETA fieldworker could—and it’s a good thing he did, too, because it’s likely that this little pug mix would not have survived much longer tied up by a short leash in subfreezing temperatures without any shelter whatsoever.

Where Ping Pong lived before being rescued by PETA's fieldworkers

The fieldworker miraculously spotted tiny Ping Pong amid a cluster of garbage bins, piles of aluminum cans, and an abandoned car while driving down a rural North Carolina road en route to help other neglected dogs.

Rescued pug mix Ping Pong being held by PETA fieldworker

A little investigating revealed that Ping Pong’s circumstances were even more dire than they at first appeared. The fieldworker found out that the 1-year-old pup’s elderly owner was suffering from mental-health problems and was no longer even living at the property!

We enlisted the help of the sheriff’s department to confiscate Ping Pong and then gained custody of him so that we could find the perfect match for this bouncing bundle of joy.

Lob us an e-mail at [email protected]—you know you want to!—to learn more about Ping Pong and help us make sure that this playful, affectionate pup with the winning smile always has a home-field advantage.

Rescued pug mix Ping Pong smiles for the camera

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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