Meet Charley: Her Broken Foot Didn’t Break Her Spirit (VIDEO)

For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – When PETA’s fieldworkers first tried to approach a dog named Charley, she was so scared that she ran away as fast as her injured paws could carry her. After several attempts, they were finally able to pick her up after she bedded down inside an old silo—and as a new PETA video released today shows, she’s gone from shivering all alone surrounded by burned trash to wagging her tail nonstop.

After the local sheriff confirmed that Charley had been abandoned and gave PETA permission to take her, she was finally treated for four painful broken toes and badly matted fur. Soon after, she was adopted into a loving home complete with a new brother, Fritz (who was also rescued by PETA). And as she heals, the bright pink cast on her leg doesn’t hold her back from running, playing, and cuddling with her new family on the couch.

“At last, Charley has the life she deserves—with long walks, a warm bed, and caring guardians who’d do anything for her,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Her days of fending for herself in the cold are over, and PETA vows to continue helping other dogs in similar situations land on their feet just as she did.”

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.” More information about the group’s work to help dogs and cats is available here, and more photos of Charley are available on PETA’s blog.

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