For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – When PETA first met Capone, he was trapped inside a small wire cage that his elderly owner insisted he “liked”—and even when he was allowed out of it, he was still kept tied up on the same filthy porch. That’s where he was doomed to stay all through winters on the East Coast. But as a new PETA video released today shows, everything changed when Capone’s owner’s family finally agreed to let PETA find him a new home.
Capone was whisked away to sunny Florida, where he now spends his days running in his spacious yard with his new canine sister, Luna; learning how to play Frisbee with his new guardians; visiting the dog park and dog-friendly restaurants and beaches; and totally relaxing (complete with doggie snores) in his new home. “My favorite thing is that when we’re settling in for the night, Capone hops into my lap, lays his head on my chest, and falls asleep,” says Capone’s new guardian. “He is so affectionate and just has the biggest heart. He’s going to live his best life from here on out.”
“A life in a cage or at the end of a rope is no life at all for any dog,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA has helped people push for chaining bans in towns across the country, and we’re ready to help anyone who wants to make a difference for lonely dogs like Capone.”
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 Capone are available on PETA’s blog.