(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) After spending years locked inside a filthy backyard pen with her late sister, Ellie the dog finally has a life worth smiling about thanks to PETA’s diligent efforts.

Following a lengthy legal battle, Ellie’s previous owner was convicted of animal cruelty and banned from ever owning animals again, and Ellie was placed under PETA’s custody.

“Despite losing her best friend and enduring years of neglect, Ellie’s strong spirit has prevailed,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch.

“PETA hopes this story will inspire people to open their homes and their hearts to old dogs who have had a tough past and need a new lease on life.”

Ellie is now living her best life snuggling on her new guardians’ laps and munching on bananas–her favorite snack! — Global Animal