New Film Follows the Heroes Who Help ‘Backyard Dogs’, Other Animals

For Immediate Release:

2 September 2020

Anjelica Huston’s Breaking the Chain Examines the Heartbreak and Hard-Won Triumphs of the PETA US Field Team

Sydney – From executive producer Anjelica Huston, the new documentary Breaking the Chain introduces viewers to a crisis of abused and neglected dogs, cats, and other animals through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage following the dedicated team of PETA US fieldworkers, who live in hope as they respond to cases and calls for help around the clock in all weather extremes. The film tells the stories of the animals, including those living in underserved areas of America’s southern states, and highlights efforts to improve and save their lives or, when needed, alleviate their suffering. The trailer is available here, and the film is available on demand on Amazon.

“It’s one thing to hear about the animal neglect and overpopulation crisis and another to see for yourself how dogs are left to shiver, pant, limp, and suffer in backyards, where they’re confined to wire cages or chained to pieces of junk,” says Huston. “This is what PETA [US] fieldworkers see every day, and I want everyone else to see it, too.”

CAP fieldworker with a white dog.

From Zena, an emaciated German shepherd who spent years chained in a backyard swarming with flies, fleas, and mosquitoes, to Edith, a gentle chow mix who was chained outdoors for nearly a decade, these animals’ stories will make viewers ask what they can do to help – and heart-warming moments and hard-fought victories will show them how lives can change when people refuse to give up.

Breaking the Chain allows viewers to join our first responders on the front lines as they persist and often prevail against all odds,” says PETA US Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “It shows how each one of us can change the world for animals in our own communities so that one day, no one will be condemned to a life sentence of isolation and deprivation without love, respect, or even basic care.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, see the press kit available here or visit