Each time PETA’s fieldworkers visited Duke—a sweet-natured pit bull combine chained in filthy situations in rural North Carolina—all he actually wished was consideration. He and the opposite canines trapped on the Bertie County property have been severely uncared for and malnourished—tethered by heavy chains on the identical small patch of filth whatever the climate, suffering from flies, yelled at or just ignored by their proprietor, and denied desperately wanted veterinary care, train, meals, and even water. However regardless of this lifetime of deprivation, Duke’s enthusiasm for human affection by no means wavered. When his PETA mates appeared, he unfailingly jumped, wiggled with pleasure, and flopped over for tummy rubs.
PETA’s fieldworkers returned to the property quite a few instances over about two years, giving the canines meals, water, doghouses, flea and flystrike preventatives, light-weight tie-outs and collars to interchange heavy chains and painful choke collars, and—particularly in Duke’s case—as a lot consideration as they may.
However regardless of PETA’s repeated makes an attempt to tell the canines’ proprietor about their most elementary wants, one winter day, fieldworkers checking in on the canines discovered the emaciated stays of Minnie—Duke’s daughter, one other pit bull—nonetheless chained to her doghouse. A necropsy later revealed that Minnie had died of “hunger and excessive neglect.” The canines’ proprietor was charged with seven counts of cruelty to animals for the extended neglect of Duke, Minnie, and 5 different canines, and after an extended authorized battle, PETA was granted everlasting custody of Duke and his fellow survivors.
Now, after spending a couple of weeks on the Sam Simon Middle (PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia), ending therapy for inner parasites (a results of being chained for years amid his personal waste), being doted on by workers, and spreading his joyful slobber everywhere in the workplace, Duke is in search of a everlasting house and a faithful guardian to name his personal.
Regardless of being handled cruelly by his former proprietor, 4-year-old Duke hasn’t let that have an effect on his cheerful outlook on life—he’s a grade-A goober. This 60-pound “bulldozer slash teddy bear” has no concept that he’s the scale of a small horse and thinks your lap is a wonderfully affordable place to perch. His fun-loving persona makes him irresistible, and his goofiness is downright contagious. He loves lengthy walks, playtime, and everybody he meets, human or canine. However he’s not keen on felines—his new house have to be cat-free.
Duke’s new household might want to have loads of area for this gregarious man to run amok, the vitality to maintain up with him, and maybe most significantly, an abundance of affection and respect for this past beneficiant and forgiving pup. He’s housetrained, leash-trained, neutered, and able to go—all that’s left to do is pack a suitcase stuffed with his favourite toys.
In case your cup, like Duke’s, overfloweth with love—and you’ve got the time, vitality, and assets to supply him with the life he’s lengthy overdue—contact [email protected] to study extra.