Video: Even Crushed Toes Can’t Stop Rescued Dog From Jumping for Joy

Published by Alisa Mullins.

A silo is a great place to store grain. It’s not a great place to keep a dog.

Small terrier mix in silo surrounded by trash

But that was the only shelter available to Charley when she was abandoned at a rural North Carolina property in the rain and freezing cold.

According to neighbors, no one had been seen at the property for weeks, and no one answered PETA’s notes left at the home for two days in a row. So the local sheriff’s department gave us permission to rescue the tiny terrier mix, who was shivering, covered with mats, and limping badly.

PETA staffer with rescued dog Charley wrapped in a blanket

PETA fieldworkers worked for two days to gain the frightened little dog’s trust, plying her with treats before gently scooping her up in a blanket.

Charley, a PETA rescue, on her way to the vether

They rushed Charley to a veterinarian, where X-rays revealed the cause of her painful limp: four mangled toes.

X-ray of rescued dog Charley showing four crushed toes

We have no way of knowing who or what broke Charley’s toes, but we do know she must have been in excruciating pain. The vet carefully cut away the pup’s mats and splinted her foot. With pain medication and a bath, she was like a new dog!

PETA-rescued dog Charley looking happy after vet visit and bath

One week after she was rescued, Charley really hit the jackpot: She was adopted by PETA staffer Tanner and his partner, Jeremy, who also have another PETA rescued animal named Fritz.

PETA-rescued dog Charley with new guardian

It was hard to tell who was more excited to have a new sibling—Charley or Fritz!

PETA-rescued dog Charley on walk with her new family

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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