Two activists "rescued" a puppy from a homeless man, and we have no idea how to feel about the disturbing viral footage. It was carried out by two members of Cause Animale Nord, a French animal welfare organization, against a homeless man that they allege was of Romani descent. Brace yourself, it's pretty sad.
A few hours later, they put up an adoption posting for the puppy on their Facebook page. It was quickly deleted when the footage started going viral:
The organization's president, who is also the male "rescuer" in the video, released a statement about the ordeal. He alleges that the puppy was "not identified, non-vaccinated," and that it had dilated pupils as the result of being drugged by its owner. Here's the full statement, Google-translated into English:
Following the video that circulates on our intervention in Paris from 19 September when walking let their skin to the animals. The video shows only a moment of our intervention, the puppy of 2 months not identified, non-vaccinated, in any illegality in relation to the French legislation was on the streets of Paris, a puppy that a rom had drugged so that he Remains calm and don't move.
The puppy was completely amorphous, dilated pupils, it can also be seen on the video that the cries of the puppy are not normal. The Rom, which held the puppy not rule did not hesitate to grasp it at the risk of the kill.
We know how much the presence of an animal is important for people in the street, it's the one and only link that they remain with the company. Furthermore, we are doing actions in this sense to help them but we cannot condone the exploitation and abuse of animals out of mercenary.
It'll be the one and only communicated to this subject, if it was to redo we the referions. We don't need to steal puppies when we are submerged in the applications of dropouts. The person who filmed failed to identify the distress of the puppy but if the services of the state was doing their work we wouldn't have to do it.
Antony Blanchard, President cause animal north
People aren't buying it, though. A Change.org petition was started calling for an investigation into Cause Animal North's practices, and it has garnered over 220,000 signatures. They allege that the group overstepped its boundaries, and demand that the animal be returned to its owner with compensation.
Whatever side of the issue you stand on, we can all agree that animal rights groups in France seem just as crazy as they do in America.