French Animal Rights Group Snatches Dog From Homeless Man

Members of French animal rights group Cause Animale Nord allege abuse and illegal pandering while cries for an investigation into the matter increase.

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A video of animal rights activists taking a puppy from a homeless man has caused outrage online.  Via Seven LE DUC/YouTube
A video of animal rights activists taking a puppy from a homeless man has caused outrage online. Via Seven LE DUC/YouTube

When members of a French animal rights activist group recently saw a situation involving a homeless man and a puppy that they deemed “illegal,” they took matters into their own hands… literally.

The homeless man was begging with his small dog near Châtelet, central Paris, last week, when representatives of Cause Animale Nord — an animal rights group based in Lille, northern France — wrestled the man to the ground and snatched the dog, The Telegraph reports.

The incident — and the homeless man wailing over the alleged theft of his dog — was all caught on tape.

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Members of the animal rights group acted quickly to separate the man and his dog. Via Seven LU DUC/YouTube

The video, which a witness shared on Facebook following the incident, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. In it, you see a man and woman push the homeless man out of the way before grabbing the dog and walking away down the street. The woman supposedly explains to the crowd they have taken matters into their own hands, as police have done nothing.

The video sparked outrage online and has resulted in an online petition calling for an investigation into Cause Animale Nord’s “extreme violence.” To date, about 160,000 people have signed the petition.

Via Facebook, the animal rights group wrote: “We intervened because it was an urgent situation for the animal. There was no violence at any moment. The person had thrown himself to the ground, crushing the puppy. The puppy was stunned, had dilated pupils and was staggering around. We took (the dog) away from a Roma who was using it for begging. The police don’t do anything, we act.”

The homeless fights to get his dog back. Via Seven DU LUC/YouTube

The homeless fights unsuccessfully to get his dog back. Via Seven DU LUC/YouTube

Reportedly, the dog now goes by the name of Vegan and is available for adoption.

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