VIDEO: This Dog Was Chained to a Cinderblock—See Him Now!

For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – For two years, Ziggy the dog was kept chained to a cinder block, desperate for love and companionship—but as a new PETA video released today shows, everything changed when PETA’s fieldworkers finally persuaded his owner to let him go to a new home.

Now, he has a warm house, friends to play with, comfy beds to snuggle in, and the loving family he wanted so badly. “He was very timid, and then he kinda realized, ah, maybe this is my new house and maybe I can get a little mischievous,” says Amy, his new guardian. “He has made himself right at home. It did not take long at all.”

“Just like Ziggy, all dogs who are tethered around the clock long to be part of a family,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA encourages anyone inspired by his story to make a difference for other lonely ‘backyard dogs’ by fighting for a local chaining ban—we’ll help you do it.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about the group’s work to help dogs and cats is available here, and more photos of Ziggy are available on PETA’s blog.

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