Folks living in the area became aware of Peanut's depressing situation after a fence surrounding his yard toppled over, allowing a glimpse inside. The authorities were alerted, but nothing seemed to be done about it. Eventually, word spread to HOPE for Erie Animal Wellness, a rescue group outside of the area that works to improve the lives of chained up dogs.
That's when Russelline Steinbuhler first learned about Peanut.
"My daughter volunteers with HOPE, and they got a lot of calls about this dog, but it’s too far for them to go. They're about an hour away, and nobody could make the commitment to get to that dog all the time," Steinbuhler told The Dodo.
It's just a short drive from Steinbuhler's home to Peanut's, so she went to see his situation for herself — and ultimately decided to get involved.
"I went out and took a look. Peanut had a dilapidated doghouse. The roof had holes in it. The floor was rotted out. He didn’t have much to shelter him, and we had a really wet spring. He was laying in water because he couldn’t get out of it. I love animals, so I said, ‘I’ll take care of the dog. I’ll spend time with him.’ And I did."