Social media is a powerful tool for sharing ideas and information to a massive amount of people in a snap.  If you spend any amount of time on the usual social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) then you know that some people enjoy the external validation of likes and shares more than they might enjoy a little thing called dignity.

In the latest head scratching iteration of people doing bizarre things for the slim chance of Internet popularity comes in the form of a hashtag created by Instagrammer Nathan Novak or @praythenayaway. What’s the name of the hashtag that has us confused and disgusted? #throwingshitatdogs … and, sadly,  it’s exactly what you think it is.

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Apparently, this is quality entertainment to someone.

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This Instagrammer’s idea of “hip and cool” content is to going for a walk with his dog, picking up the poop in a neat little baggie, and chucking it at his dog’s face! He then records the whole ordeal and uploads it to the internet for his tens of fans.

The fact that this exists has us completely dismayed and confused. Why would you upload this, who enjoys this, and why would you do this to a dog!?

There is no excuse for this ridiculous behavior. It is bad enough that the creation of this hashtag completely disregards the fact that this poor dog is a  living, thinking, feeling creature that doesn’t want its own poop pitched at its head, but when you consider that this helpless animal also relies on this person for their care … it just makes us want to crawl into a hole and give up on people.

Does this look like a happy dog to you?

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While we really cannot understand what would drive someone to do something so gross and mean to their pet, we can take a little comfort in knowing that karma always tends to get the best of a bad situation. Hey, we all grew up learning the golden rule of you shouldn’t do anything to others that you wouldn’t want done to you. And in this case, we can pretty much all agree that being smacked with a bag of poop is not something anyone would want.

Beyond this, however, we can all stand up for this poor dog by taking to Instagram and telling @praythenayaway that there is nothing cool or funny about #throwingshitatdogs. Share this article and get others to stand up in defense of this pup. No animal deserves to be treated this way.

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 All image source: Nathan Novack/Instagram