A woman has recently gone viral for her heroic actions after spotting a dog being thrown into a river with rocks tied to her back.
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Despite being man's best friend...
via: Getty ImagesDogs 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 these faithful companions.
It's unknown how many animals are abused every year...
via: Getty ImagesBut animal abuse and neglect have long been a problem here in the States and around the world. Thousands of animals suffer and lose their lives at the hands of careless and ignorant individuals, and it pains me truly to be writing this story.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however.
via: Getty ImagesMillions of people around the world stand firmly against animal abuse, and there are endless animal organizations and charities out there that come together to protect our domesticated friends.
A fresh start for the unfortunate pets.
via: Getty ImagesThese 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.
Abused and neglected dogs show certain signs of having been hurt.
via: Getty ImagesAccording 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 such as fearfulness, aggression towards people and other dogs, hyperactivity, persistent barking, and bizarre and repetitive behaviors such as digging, spinning in circles, and hoarding.
These behaviors can make a dog dangerous.
via: Getty ImagesIn 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.