Video: See How Rescuers Saved This Dog From a Well

For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va.A PETA video, released today, shows a rescue team from the India-based animal protection organization Animal Rahat (“rahat” means “relief”) saving a dog who had been trapped for days in a well.

Many wells in the Indian district of Sangli are uncovered, posing a risk to animals, who can easily fall in. Animal Rahat has come to the rescue of cats, dogs, Indian spectacled cobras, a hyena, a porcupine, and even a cow—so when residents alerted the group to this dog’s plight, its team sprang into action and climbed down into the well to save her. Although she was initially very frightened, her rescuers were able to coax her into a pet carrier and lift her to safety. At Animal Rahat, she was examined, spayed, vaccinated, and given lots of affection before she was returned to her community.

“From the deepest wells to the highest trees, Animal Rahat’s team is ready to go wherever animals need them,” says Animal Rahat Chief Operating Officer Dr. Naresh Chandra Upreti. “We hope this dog’s rescue inspires people around the world to keep an eye out for animals in need—and never let their animal companions stray from home.”

Animal Rahat is run by a dedicated staff that includes veterinarians, veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, and a community educator. More information about the group’s work is available here.


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