Horrified Onlookers Save Dog Being Dragged Behind Horse & Cart

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An emaciated dog nearly met a grisly end at the hands of a pair of monstrous men and a boy being commanded to kill the dog, who was being dragged behind a horse-drawn cart.  But a group of witnesses banded together to stop them, and got her to safety.

UK shoppers in the city center of Cardiff were shocked and appalled to see a poor dog collapsed and being dragged helplessly behind the cart.  Rachel Lansdown told WalesOnline what happened:

Basically there were two men driving carts with ponies attached to them and the cart at the back had a dog attached to it. The men were smacking the horses to go faster and the poor dog could not keep up so was pretty much just being dragged along behind.


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As the man got just outside the Admiral building by the Motorpoint Arena the carts had to stop in traffic and the dog just collapsed.  At this point people were shouting and I started to run over.

A man driving the cart sent another boy off to try and get the dog up.  He was pulling at the rope and the poor dog was just lying there lifeless. It was horrendous!  As I got to the dog a few other people started to come to help but the guy with the cart was shouting ‘kill it, kill it!’

A woman started shouting at him saying he wasn’t having the dog and at this point the boy got back on the cart and a man carried the dog to the side of the road.  I unattached her collar so she could breathe as she lay on the road. My boyfriend put his coat over her.  Another girl was also trying to get water into the dog’s mouth.


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After about five minutes someone lifted the dog up and took her into the Admiral building while we all waited for her to catch her breath.  Another woman phoned the police and the dogs’ home.  We all sat with her for more than an hour and when she eventually perked up she had a good drink and a little bit of food which we had bought.

The dogs’ home eventually came to get her and before she went she gave everyone a kiss and a cuddle.  It was as if she knew we had helped her and she was saying thank you.

The dog, now called Baby Girl, was taken to Friends of the Dogs in Wales.  She has been seen by a vet and is now being pampered by staff.


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194 thoughts on “Horrified Onlookers Save Dog Being Dragged Behind Horse & Cart”

  1. Horrible people that would do that to her. I wonder if she was a lost dog before those people tied her up and dragged her. It said in the article she was emaciated, I sure hope her original owners weren’t neglecting her.

    • @Angela, she looks clearly to be part sighthound so while she may be underweight, I wouldn’t call her emaciated unless there are other health indicators found that haven’t been publicly disclosed. Many sighthounds are as thin as she is and they’re perfectly healthy. Glad she’s not around those guys anymore, though!

  2. While I’m glad the dog was taken away from those people, I’m a little irritated at the click-bait article title I saw. The title on Yahoo referred to the dog as ’emaciated’. Possibly underweight, but that dog is clearly at least part sighthound and those guys are generally rib-cage showing THIN. Just use Google Images for ‘sighthound’ and you’ll see several examples. Some breeds are more muscular, but you’ll see plenty that some people might consider alarmingly thin (and they’re fine). Again, glad the dog has a better chance at a better life, but clearly someone either can’t identify dog breeds or was hoping to add facets to the story that don’t exist.

  3. If I had seen those guys doing that, Id have first saved the poor little that was being abused y those guys. Then second, I have grabbed the first of guys’ that I could have and stomped the living daylights out of them. Then thirdly gone for the second guy and done the same. Grabbed the boy and had others help me get their id’s and hold them until the police showed up

  4. While I’m glad that the dog was rescued and is getting help, why isn’t anyone concerned about the boy as well? If the men will abuse an animal that much, they will likely abuse the boy as well. I can’t believe people calling a child ‘evil’ when he is probably trying to survive. Maybe I’m wrong but I’d like to know.

  5. Wow, unbelievable! I would have beat the crap out of those responsible for torturing this dog, maybe would have dragged them behind something so they could get a feel of what they were doing to that poor dog. The human race disgusts me sometimes.

  6. I used to be a member of a cat forum that was based in the UK. Some of the European members were very snooty, they repeatedly said they considered the US to be backward because a lot of Americans (including me) keep their animals inside and because of the animal abuse cases here. They claimed “That type of thing doesn’t happen over here because we are more civilized than America.” I call BS on that one. I’ve lost count of all the animal abuse cases I’ve seen over there. And let’s not forget the serial cat killer in the UK who is hacking cats up with a machete. More civilized? I think not.

    I hope Baby Girl gets a decent forever home. After the hell she’s been through she certainly deserves it.


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