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LOOK: Dog abandoned by owners moves FB users to tears

/ 08:05 PM October 25, 2016

A heartbreaking portrait of a dog reportedly deserted by its owners in Detroit, Michigan, USA, moved Facebook users to tears and pity.

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“Meet Boo, this beautiful boy was left behind with the trash and belongings when the family moved out. He stayed right by their stuff and never left it, confused and lonely,” Facebook user Liz Marie opened her description of Boo, the family’s pet dog. In the photo she posted, the pooch was seen sitting on a mattress beside a trash bin along the sidewalk.

Her post exploded with 22,000 likes and reactions since its posting on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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She wasn’t the only person who took notice of Boo’s plight—a neighbor witnessed the pooch’s family evacuate and move to another house. They did come back to collect some of their belongings, but opted to leave Boo behind.

The neighbor rang up several dog-rescue groups in Michigan but was repeatedly ignored until Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue founder Mike Diesel rushed to comfort the isolated canine.

“A neighbor that witnessed the family move out a while ago said they came back once for belongings and not Boo unfortunately,” Diesel told Inside Edition.

Wooing and winning back Boo’s trust was not a piece of cake; Diesel spent 11 hours “befriending” the animal, which considered man’s best friend, and easing his pain. In fact, Diesel came back the next day and took Boo to the Groesbeck Animal Hospital.

“It took another 4-5 hours that day before I ended up getting a leash around his neck and then we just sat on the ground and talked for 45 minutes before I had enough trust for him to allow me to pick him up and we went directly to the vet,” Diesel told the news site. Boo was diagnosed with heartworm and was undergoing treatment.  Gianna Francesca Catolico

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TOPICS: Detroit, dog, Facebook, Michigan, viral photo
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