(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Your pets are your family, so why wouldn’t you treat them like so?

PETA’s rescue team recently found and rescued a helpless Chihuahua who was chained outside during the harsh winter. The Chihuahua’s guardians refused to let their pup inside, and in return, lost the privilege of having a pet companion (rightfully so!).

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Squirrel the Chihuahua pictured chained outside in the winter cold before PETA provided him with a warm, safe new home. Photo Credit: PETA

PETA works hard to help backyard dogs throughout rural Virginia and North Carolina by providing them with necessities such as: a sturdy dog house, fresh food, and bedding.

While on location, a PETA worker stumbled upon Squirrel, an adorable Chihuahua in desperate need of a loving home.

Squirrel’s original guardian gave the dog to her father because Squirrel was not housetrained. Instead of attempting to train their dog, the father chained him outside with nothing but a flimsy plastic dog house.

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Squirrel in his ill-equipped “home” before PETA provided saved him. Photo Credit: PETA

PETA immediately took action, knowing that Squirrel would not survive the impending winter chill, and fought hard to get this dog the home he rightfully deserves.

A PETA fieldworker attempted to have Squirrel’s guardian let him live inside, where he belongs, but the attempt was futile.

After weeks of back and forth failed negotiations, PETA’s persistence finally paid off and Squirrel was provided with a deserving, forever home.

According to PETA, Squirrel is now living the dream:

He has traded in the lonely North Carolina backyard for a posh New York City apartment and a family who adores him. When he’s not accompanying his new “mom” to work, Squirrel—since renamed Ringo—can most often be found snuggling on the bed or on the couch with the family’s 6-year-old son. Ringo is in heaven! 

Check out the pictures below of Ringo in his new loving home!

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Ringo, formerly Squirrel, after PETA rescued him, enjoys his new home with a furry friend. Photo Credit: PETA
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Ringo, formerly Squirrel, after PETA rescued him, with his new loving family. Photo Credit: PETA
Squirrel, chihuahua, rags-to-riches, PETA
Ringo, formerly Squirrel, after PETA rescued him, in his new loving home. Photo Credit: PETA

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal

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