For
a dog, being forced to spend every night alone in the dark, locked inside a grimy
auto-repair shop, would be bad enough. But Coco’s situation was far worse. The
tiny poodle was also almost
constantly confined to a crate
that was so full of
dust, dirt, and feces that anyone looking at her would think that her fur was
gray or brown—even though it had once been white.

When
two patrons of the New Jersey garage spotted Coco on a frigid winter day, the
shop was so cold that the water in her bowl had frozen solid. They asked for permission
to give her a bath and fresh water and to take her for a walk. The owner
agreed, and Coco relished every second of her freedom, sniffing everything in
sight, playing with other dogs, and bounding about. The pair begged her owner
to surrender her, but he refused, claiming that the crated, 15-pound
dog “guarded”
his shop

Undeterred,
one of Coco’s advocates contacted PETA. The owner wasn’t willing to cooperate
with us, either, so we tried a different tactic. We recruited several PETA
supporters in the area to drop by the shop to check on Coco and suggest to her
owner that she would be happier in a home. We also alerted the local police
department, and officers helped by stopping by and talking to Coco’s owner about
her situation and whether it met legal standards.

Soon,
tired of people “bothering” him, the owner turned Coco over to the
police. Now she has a loving home, and
her filthy crate is a distant memory.

Would
you like to help dogs like Coco? Join PETA’s Action Team to volunteer to assist animals
in your area.

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Article source: PETA Files

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