A stray dog has gone viral after his heartbreaking reaction to being treated with kindness for the first time.
The video has left viewers in tears...
Despite being man's best friend...
via: GettyDogs 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...
via: GettyBut 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.Whose lack of humanity proves fatal to some innocent pups.
Luckily, there is a light at the end of the tunnel...
via: GettyMillions 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 furry friends.For which dogs and humans alike can be truly thankful!
A fresh start for the unfortunate pets...
via: GettyThese 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.
via: GettyAccording 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.
via: GettyIn 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...
via: GettyAnd dogs who have been neglected or abused will need lots of rehabilitation before they can be adopted.
Dogs are abandoned in heartbreaking ways.
via: GettyAnd many wonder how anyone can be so heartless.
But the latest story of an abandoned pooch?
via: GettyWell, it's bittersweet. You might want to get your tissues at the ready...
Footage of a dog wandering the streets of Jinzhong in the Shanxi province of north China has gone viral online...
via: YoutubeIn the clip, the small dog can be seen begging for food.
And as the woman hands it some sausage, the dog appears to tear up in response.
via: YoutubeAfter returning a short time later, the dog comes running up to the woman to greet her.
And as soon as she offers it another treat, the dog starts to cry once again...
via: YoutubeThe woman in question said she tried to carry the dog to her car but it got scared and jumped out of her arms. "Me and my friends were on the way to a park when we saw the stray dog," she said "He started crying when we gave him food and I tried to put him in our car one time, but he refused and jumped back on the street. "The dog feared that we would grab him like the dog snatchers because that's what they would do - luring the dogs to the minivan with food before fleeing."
After returning to feed the dog once more, the pup was nowhere to be found.
via: YoutubeShe added: "I've tried to look for it a few times these few days but I couldn't find him. "I might try my luck asking the street cleaners later."