Stranger Spots Teen Running Toward Little Dog Captures Footage Melting Everyone's Heart
Cailyn Finkel 9/3/2018
It was just another day on the job when 19-year-old Luke Carlin took a break outside. The weather turned out of nowhere, and he wanted to get a quick peek at the torrential rain dumping on his store. The young man was chatting casually with other coworkers when he saw something disturbing out of the corner of his eye.
There was a dog tied to a post, sitting helplessly in the middle of the storm. Luke knew he had to act, and fast...
With a no-pet policy at his work, Luke did the next-best thing he could think of. He removed the coat from his back and covered the freezing, totally soaked pup. Luke told Belfast Live about his thought process, and how insane the public response to the secretly recorded video has been.
"All of a sudden the rain started. Me, and a girl who works with me, saw the dog, so we agreed to put the jacket over it. Then shortly after, another girl from my work brought the dog out of the rain. The reaction has been so crazy..."
In less than a week, more than 650,000 people have seen Luke's selfless actions on Facebook!
Even though this owner clearly ran into the store for a minute, weather-related neglect is a real issue in the United States. The Humane Society website explains why leaving your housepet outside during extreme weather is a cruel thing to do, and the steps you should take if you spot an abandoned animal.
"We encourage you to contact local law enforcement agencies because pets left outside in extreme temperatures, especially without food and shelter, are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite and even death. Their owners are at risk of facing criminal charges. The act of leaving a pet outside without food or adequate shelter often receives less attention than a violent attack against an animal, but neglect is a crime.
'Especially in these cold months, it is important for people to bring their pets inside and for others to report neglected animals to law enforcement,' says Ashley Mauceri, HSUS manager for cruelty response, who fields these calls.
One of the most common forms of animal cruelty, cases of animals left outside in dangerous weather are investigated more by police and animal control agencies than any other form of animal abuse."
There are many times when leaving a pup outside is appropriate, but forcing them to endure the pouring rain is not! Hopefully, this pup's owners came back quickly, dried him off and gave him extra snuggles!
Thank goodness for kindhearted people like Luke - those who will put the needs of others above their own!
Watch this Luke give up his own coat for the sake of the pupper below. What a sweetheart!