The holidays are a time of warmth, generosity, and celebrating the ones we love. So when a video of a dog being abandoned by his owner on the street went viral just before Christmas, people were heartbroken at the thought of a precious pet being so callously cast aside — especially during the season of giving.
Miraculously, the poor pup was quickly discovered and delivered to a vet, and the internet has been working overtime ever since to help find a forever home worthy of his unconditional love.
Not your typical walk in the park.
via: TwitterSurveillance footage of the event initially appears to capture nothing more than a calm evening dog walk. The former owner exits the car on the corner of Timor Groce and Pacific Road in Trentham, UK at about 5 pm, with a doggy bed and an excited Staffordshire bull terrier -- a dog who’s since been nicknamed Snoop.
The two begin a stroll Snoop has no idea he will end alone.
via: TwitterAfter a few steps the man unclips Snoop’s leash -- every dog’s dream come true -- but the freedom is a cruel trick. As Snoop explores, the owner quickly drops the doggy bed and darts back to the car.
Grab your tissues now.
via: TwitterSnoop immediately senses his person is gone, and charges back toward the car. Despite his heartbreaking attempts to get their attention by jumping up and down in front of every window, the passengers show no mercy.
Seriously, how could someone be so heartless?
via: TwitterAfter a few moments, Snoop’s family drives away. He chases after them for a stretch before dejectedly returning to the doggy bed, his last remnant of home.
Thankfully, Snoop’s luck turned around.
@westywaldo @rickygervais Thankfully, Snoop was found sitting in the bed by a passer-by during the following hour.… https://t.co/OPzJqEhE3R— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA (England & Wales))1545676695.0
They knew just what to do.
via: Getty ImagesThe good samaritan immediately took Snoop to a veterinarian, where he got his nickname as well as a clean bill of health.
Snoop’s in good hands now.
@77_tree @Yodamum40 @rickygervais He's in our care getting the TLC he deserves.— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA (England & Wales))1545738006.0
Who could have done this?
Heartbreaking footage of a dog being abandoned by the roadside has been released by the RSPCA https://t.co/KUpvNms3xY— Sky News (@Sky News)1545672374.0
Everybody loves Snoop.
Shocking video shows dog desperately trying to get back in car after being abandoned on roadside. How could anyone… https://t.co/B7U9Ah0XYA— LADbible (@LADbible)1545653946.0
The story quickly went viral.
CCTV shows dog abandoned at side of road https://t.co/8bQNtBzxyB https://t.co/LECAqLELUk— ITV News Central (@ITV News Central)1545645973.0
People were shocked at the display of cruelty.
The heartbreaking CCTV footage was released as part of an investigation to find out who ditched the dog. How could… https://t.co/n0B1wyuJzE— Angie Karan Ⓥ 🌱🐾 (@Angie Karan Ⓥ 🌱🐾)1545730542.0
They felt deeply for Snoop.
@lkigai_ @faizolana How someone can go through that is beyond me... the dog literally chased after the car as well💔— André (@André)1545699278.0
There were calls for retribution.
This is Snoop the abandoned dog, think the owner should be tracked down and reunited, not with the dog but maybe a… https://t.co/bugD92nEVg— wizzywoz (@wizzywoz)1545748932.0
Others hoped real justice would be served.
@lkigai_ I don't tent to express hate, but I hate this person. How could he just leave. That pet loves him uncondit… https://t.co/m9AeT5cjaO— Ahsoka Tano (@Ahsoka Tano)1545719009.0
Mostly, everyone was just really freaking sad.
@rickygervais I'm in tears, seeing that poor dog wagging his tail, jumping up on the side of the car..resignedly ge… https://t.co/ThR1j8SWxp— Cathy Garside (@Cathy Garside)1545664329.0
A tweet from Ricky Gervais boosted the story’s reach.
Fucking Heartbreaking. https://t.co/AIwR9KbgmX— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1545648465.0
Some began sharing their own dog adoption stories.
@rickygervais This video broke my heart. We rescued our sweet dog 8 years ago. She was just a tiny puppy abandoned… https://t.co/uiAgX7O9Bn— Cagney Nay (@Cagney Nay)1545703335.0
There’s a lot of really good people out there.
@rickygervais This broke me. We rescued an abandoned dog & when our landlord told us to get rid of him or face evic… https://t.co/WDrH5sQhnn— Michelle O'Callaghan (@Michelle O'Callaghan)1545657987.0
Unfortunately, pet cruelty is all too common.
One more case of abandoned dogs 💔 Please look at this photo and tell me if it isn't heartbreaking. I was told about… https://t.co/0BSOhd1x50— Paws&Hands (@Paws&Hands)1545184820.0
Stories like Snoop’s often end in tragedy.
Gus the dog recovering from severe abuse with help from Texas A&M veterinarians https://t.co/mRS2SVaehd— Freja Petersen (@Freja Petersen)1539020089.0
Gus had been abused.The dog was rushed to a Texas veterinarian after being found wandering listlessly, with pellet gunshot wounds and rope embedded in his neck.
His resilience is inspiring.
You best believe we threw a puppy party for Gus to say one last goodbye to his care team as he heads to Houston to… https://t.co/LOe4wZwSX9— Texas A&M Veterinary Hospital (@Texas A&M Veterinary Hospital)1544204361.0
Dogs face a high rate of abandonment.
This man was caught abandoning his dog right before Christmas. What happened next will warm your heart https://t.co/ugk4UYYNSa— The Independent (@The Independent)1545834634.0
Shelters typically see a post-Christmas surge of abandoned pets.
via: ShutterstockDogs are a popular holiday gift, but many see pets as playthings that can be returned like any toy. Some shelters even temporarily stop adoptions around the holidays to avoid situations like Snoop’s.
Shelters are finding new ways to put pets in homes for Christmas.
Shelter pets fostered out for "Home for the Holidays" program https://t.co/ux7OOCyLnF— KATV News (@KATV News)1545742121.0
No one wants to see a dog abandoned.
@SkyNews Won’t watch the footage but I have read that two potential owners have come forward to adopt him. I’m sure… https://t.co/lzPWbDcxrl— Roger Winstanley (@Roger Winstanley)1545674219.0
So far, there have been tons of offers.
Hundreds of offers to adopt dog abandoned on road in heartbreaking CCTV https://t.co/Z5VM6tUuyP https://t.co/t0WyHE4b7r— Daily Mirror (@Daily Mirror)1545723582.0
A forever home is pretty much inevitable.
Alright UK Angels!!!! Lets help them out. We need to locate this asshole who abandoned their dog on the road. Repos… https://t.co/Xdo8shXIWi— Christopher Fleming (@Christopher Fleming)1545813343.0
Everyone really wants Snoop.
Hundreds of people offer to adopt abandoned dog heartlessly dumped in the street by his owner https://t.co/FOQ8GS4BGk— Daily Mail U.K. (@Daily Mail U.K.)1545854410.0
Looks like Snoop’s desertion was a Christmas miracle in disguise.
@SkyNews If no one wants him, I’ll take him.. snoopy can come and live with me and my other dogs.— pete wales (@pete wales)1545676899.0