The video shows a heartbroken homeless man wailing as two people try to snatch away his puppy. One man tackles the homeless man while a woman tries to snatch away the homeless man’s yelping puppy. The man wails and desperately tries to stop them from taking his little friend away.
The video was uploaded to Facebook by witness Nghi Le Duc on September 19. It has since been viewed more than 1.2 million times and shared over 29,658 times.
The female can be heard shouting at shocked onlookers as the dog’s owner runs down the street after the thief.
Since then the animal rights group responded to the video and the comments it had stirred saying that they took the dog from a Roma who was begging.
“We took it from a Roma who was begging. The police do nothing, we act. You too can take action; it just takes a little courage.
“[The dog] will be put up for adoption,” 9news reported.
The animal rights group went even further suggesting that the guy wasn’t homeless but a Roma and he was screaming because the puppy was his livelihood.
Such an allegation was slammed by Facebook users who saw this as prejudicial.
“Bravo, all the homeless are Roma, except for all the homeless people that happen to be French,” user Sandrine Berteau said.
The homeless man displayed more humanity & compassion by taking care of a puppy then #CauseAnimalNord who stole a puppy away from the man.— Ashley (@ashleytld) September 25, 2015
The incident caused an outcry with nearly 60,000 people signing a Change.org petition calling for an investigation into Cause Animal Nord.
The petition says that by taking the dog “they went too far” and calls for the group to provide evidence the dog was drugged.
“Nowhere (in the group's rules) is it stated that they have the right to remove without notice any animal or by attacking a homeless violently to take his pet (a puppy),” the petition states.