Nearly Blind and Deaf Dog Rescued From Years of Neglect Saves Family From Heartbreak

For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Sarah, a nearly blind and deaf dog, was found by PETA’s fieldworkers chained alone in a backyard, suffering from ear and eye infections. Desperate for love and attention, she was severely neglected by her owner, who refused even to come close enough to touch her. Speaking to a PETA fieldworker, the owner said, “I think she wants me to touch her, but she’s yucky, and I don’t want to do that.”

Fortunately, Sarah was whisked away to PETA’s shelter to treat her infections, fleas, and intestinal worms—and for lots of. She ultimately regained her hearing and eyesight after receiving veterinary care, and a family grieving the recent loss of their beloved dog offered to adopt Sarah. At the end of the video, she’s introduced to her “forever” home on a farm with two kids and a golden retriever, Lola, who was depressed after the passing of her canine friend—and it’s love at first sight all around. Even Lola perks up and wags her tail.


Video of the heartwarming video transformation of Sarah is available here and more information on her journey is available at

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