See the Moment This Formerly Neglected Dog Stands in the Doorway of Her New Home (Video)

For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – A new PETA video released today captures the joyful moment when Crystal the dog began a very different life. She arrives at her new home, kisses her new canine “sisters,” excitedly explores the first yard that she’s ever had, and proudly goes on her first walk as a member of a real family who loves her. It’s a huge change from how she was living just weeks earlier, when PETA fieldworkers found her neglected in a trailer park, suffering from a massive, infected wound caused by a collar that had become embedded in her neck as she’d grown.

After undergoing two emergency surgeries, Crystal now has a life that’s a world away from her painful past. She’s happy and healthy, and she can’t stop smiling, wagging her tail, and jumping into the laps of her new family members—Robert, Amy, Cole, and Nolan Armstrong. “No dog should ever have to go through what Crystal did,” says Robert. “This dog has so much love for our family. It breaks my heart that she almost didn’t have a chance to share it.”

“At last, Crystal has the life that she deserves—a roof over her head, dog siblings to play with, lots of toys and treats, and a loving family who would do anything for her,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Her days of suffering and being neglected are over, and PETA encourages anyone moved by her story to give an animal in need a lifelong home.”

More information about PETA’s work to help dogs and cats is available here, and more photos of Crystal are available on PETA’s blog.

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