While a pedestrian was walking down a street in Middlesex, England, they witnessed something truly horrifying; a dog being thrown out of a moving van's window. They immediately rushed over to the poor, black pug, taking her to a nearby shop to get checked over before contacting the RSPCA.
The sweet little pug, later named Peggy, was quickly rushed to a local vet, who determined that while she had no injuries from her ordeal, she was in very bad shape from whatever situation she’d come from. Incredibly skinny, with missing patches of fur, it was clear she had been used to breed litter after litter until her frail body couldn't do it anymore.
Liz Wood, deputy manager at the RSPCA's Millbrook Animal Center said in a press release:
Mentally you could see she was scarred too, you could see the sadness in her eyes — God knows what she’d been through for most of her little life. I suspect she’d been kept as a breeding machine to produce puppies which could be sold … for large numbers. Then, when she came to the end of her shelf life, they discarded her like rubbish. It’s heartbreaking and utterly despicable to treat a dog like a disposable object.
Scared and defeated, her rescuers knew that it would take time and a lot of TLC for Peggy to heal. It was with this in mind that Wood decided to take her home herself and become her foster mom.
Peggy is now learning to trust people again, accompanying Wood to the shelter every day and going home with her every night. Wood said:
We’re starting to see her cheeky side now. She barks when she wants food and she makes funny little grunting noises when she is pleased to see you — her whole body wags, it’s adorable! She’s such a sweet dog and will make a wonderful companion for someone.
Once Peggy has made a full recovery, it will be time for her to find her forever home and everyone at the RSPCA could not be more pleased with her progress so far! They are still investigating who could have done this, and will continue to fight against puppy farms and backyard breeding in general.
This is why we need tougher regulations around the breeding and selling of dogs and we hope proposals by the government to bring in licensing and new regulations will help. We’re also urging the public to consider rescuing a dog, like Peggy, instead of buying a puppy. The RSPCA has thousands of wonderful dogs of all shapes and sizes, with different stories and backgrounds, waiting for their forever home.
If you would like to help other pups like Peggy, you can do so by donating to the RSPCA here.