It is truly heartbreaking that animal cruelty is a very common occurrence.

And this latest story may be the darkest yet.

Despite being man's best friend...

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Dogs are sadly one of the biggest victims of abuse and neglect.

They are one of the world's most popular household pets.

But for some completely unknown reason, people have been known to inflict all kinds of horrors on pups.

It's unknown how many animals are abused every year...

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But animal abuse and neglect have long been a problem here in the States.

Thousands of animals suffer and lose their lives at the hands of careless and ignorant individuals.

And today's story may be the darkest and strangest yet.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however.

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Millions of people around the world stand firmly against animal abuse.

There are endless animal organizations and charities out there that come together to protect our domesticated friends.

For which dogs and humans alike can be truly thankful!

A fresh start for the unfortunate pets...

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These organizations and charities rescue animals in danger and animals that are injured from abuse.

They also strive to get these pets rehomed into a safe and caring environment.

But it's a sad fact that many dogs just don't have the easiest lives.

Abused and neglected dogs show certain signs of having been hurt.

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According to a study conducted by a team at Best Friends Animal Society, dogs that have fallen victim to abuse and neglect are more likely to show behavioral traits.

These include fearfulness, aggression towards people and other dogs, and hyperactivity.

Alongside persistent barking, and bizarre and repetitive behaviors such as digging, spinning in circles, and hoarding.

These behaviors can make a dog dangerous.

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In some cases, abused dogs have no hope of trusting humans again, which makes them aggressive and unsafe to have in a family home.

Of course, this is not their fault, but it means that many families can't risk homing these poor pups.

This sadly often results in euthanasia, which is always a last resort when it comes to caring for neglected animals.

This is why the kindness of strangers is of the utmost importance...

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And dogs who have been neglected or abused will need lots of rehabilitation before they can be adopted.

Dogs are abandoned in heartbreaking ways.

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And many wonder how anyone can be so heartless.

But the latest story of an abandoned pooch?

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Well, it might just be the most heartbreaking yet.

Because not only is the dog without a home or owner...

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But in a bizarre twist, a cruel human decided to paint the dog in tiger stripes.

This is no way to treat an animal...

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And now animal rights groups are on the hunt for those responsible.

We're hoping for a happy ending!

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This poor pooch deserves some luck.

Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia, a Malaysian Animal Association, shared the shocking images.

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The unfortunate animal was spotted walking down the street.

They've asked the public for any information.

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All in the hopes of catching the culprit.

"Help Animal Malaysia identify the location and who this animal belongs to."

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"A mystery reward awaits those who come forward with complete information on the incident."

We wish the group success in bringing this cruel person to justice.

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