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Animal cruelty is horrible, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s hard to have a full grasp of the damage it can cause unless you’ve had the chance to work in an animal shelter or rescue firsthand. This video is not for the faint of heart, especially with the sound on. However, we encourage you to sit through it if you can so you can understand the full reason why we need to act against animal cruelty.

This video was taken in an animal shelter in Craiova, Romania. According to the video’s description, Craiova has been called the European Capital of Canine Cruelty due to the sheer amount of abused shelter animals.

When Monica Mitreanu, the woman in the video, tries to comfort the abused canine he immediately begins to panic. He curls into a corner and yelps for help. We can’t begin to fathom what kind of abuse the dog in the video went through. But in an amazing turn, after a few seconds, he begins to realize that he’s not in danger – and that leaves him hopelessly confused. You can see him wondering whether he should continue trying to run away or put himself at risk of being hurt again.

It’s going to take a lifetime of work and care for this dog to trust people again, but it seems like he’s already taking the first steps towards it at the end of the video. We can’t wait to see what he’s like in a year’s time!

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