An Interception in PETA’s Books! Tyrann’s Takedown Scores $100K for Desperate Dogs

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Update: February 8, 2021

Angry at what he calls a “100% unfair” penalty that nullified Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu’s brilliant interception during Super Bowl LV, an anonymous PETA donor says that he will still give PETA the $100,000 he had pledged for a Mathieu interception, because “the dogs didn’t deserve that call and neither did Tyrann.”

As if starring in two viral PETA videos to speak up for dogs weren’t enough, Tyrann has now scored a donation that will help us spay and neuter dogs for free, provide ones who would otherwise freeze with sturdy doghouses, and give away straw bedding that offers these animals some insulation against the bitter cold. This winter will be a little less cold for neglected “backyard dogs,” thanks to Tyrann—PETA’s MVP for helping the most vulnerable pups.

Originally published on February 5, 2021:

If Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu gets an interception during this year’s Super Bowl, PETA will get $100,000 to help dogs in need! That’s the offer made by a generous anonymous donor, in honor of Tyrann’s longstanding support of PETA.

The $100,000 donation would go toward our campaign to help neglected dogs, for which Tyrann has starred in two viral videos.

He baked inside a hot car, where dogs can succumb to heatstroke within minutes …

… and he shivered inside a walk-in freezer to illustrate how dogs suffer when they’re left outside during the frigid winter months.

For putting his own body on the line to help animals, we honored him with a PETA Humanitarian Award at our 40th anniversary celebration. His teammate Patrick Mahomes presented the award, calling Tyrann “not only an asset to our team but to animals who need protection.” We agree wholeheartedly!

“PETA has found a selfless dog defender in Tyrann Mathieu,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “We’ll be cheering him on this Sunday, knowing how pleased he’d be to win such a generous donation for the neglected animals he cares about.”

You Can Score Points for Animals, Too

Before you watch the big game, watch Breaking the Chain—a new documentary from executive producer Anjelica Huston that follows PETA’s field team as they help neglected, chained dogs in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. You’ll discover more about the work that PETA and Tyrann champion—including supplying free custom-built doghouses, straw bedding, and veterinary services to dogs in low-income communities. And we think you’ll be inspired to be a defender for dogs in your own community, too.

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