PETA Video: Tar-Coated Puppies Rescued and Reunited With Mom

For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Shown in a new PETA video, an innocent romp for two puppies could have turned deadly after they stumbled into puddles of sticky coal tar spilling from overturned barrels. That is, until India-based rescue group Animal Rahat received a call and rushed over to help the tiny tar-coated pups—now named Mehal and Nehal.

Using gentle coconut oil, it took Animal Rahat’s first responders three days to remove all the painful goop before they could return Mehal and Nehal to their mother. We think your audience would love to see their dramatic transformation—and their jumps for joy and wagging tails once reunited with family!

“If it weren’t for Animal Rahat’s speedy rescue operation, these playful pups would have died and their mother would have been heartbroken,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “The happy ending in this PETA video is sure to inspire people to keep a watchful eye out for animals in trouble and always come to their rescue.”

Animal Rahat (“rahat” means “relief” in Hindi) is run by a dedicated staff that includes veterinarians, animal caretakers, and a community educator and is supported by PETA. More information about the group’s work is available here.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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