For Immediate Release:
March 1, 2018
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – For nearly six months, Flint was locked inside a filthy wooden box. His brother was locked in a box next to him, and after he starved to death, his body was left there to rot. Flint was desperate to escape. And as this new video released today shows, he got his chance when PETA worked with local law-enforcement authorities to rescue him and several other dogs on the same property—and ensure that his owner was prosecuted. Although Flint was emaciated and suffering from muscle atrophy so severe that he could barely stand or walk, months of affection, care, and rehabilitation in his new home have given him a chance at a happy life.
Now, Flint runs, cuddles, and plays tug-of-war with his new canine friend, Ellie—another former “backyard dog” rescued by PETA. “Even though he had been confined and never knew companionship before he came to us, Flint trusts us and enjoys his new life,” says Kate Swigart, his adoptive guardian and one of PETA’s fieldworkers. “It’s been a joy to watch him play, run, snuggle, and soak up the love that he always deserved.”
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 Flint are available on PETA’s blog.