If you're a YouTube person, you may very well have seen this video of a dog saving her pup from drowning in a pool. With over 1 millions hits, it's gone viral and it's still climbing. But what's the story? And where is the controversy surrounding it coming from?
It starts with a mother dog and puppy just swimming around in the pool. They seem pretty content until things take a turn for the worse and the puppy begins struggling to get out.
That's where motherly instincts kick in.
Mama dog tries to nudge the puppy’s back end out with her nose. She tries for a good while, but the puppy just can’t muster the strength to get out.
Then, the mother swims away (at which point I thought, "Hey! Don’t abandon your young!"), but a couple seconds later you see her come back into the frame and lift the pup out of the pool by the neck. As a protective mom would, she carries her little one to safety far away from the pool.
The actual video here!
While there were definitely the long list of "awws!" you would expect from a video like this, other online users were very upset at the posting of this video. Some thought it was cruel for whoever took the video to be filming. Many called it almost animal cruelty, while others argued back against them saying the owner filming it wasn't negligen,t because the two dogs were fine at the end of the video.
What’s your take? Was this animal cruelty?