In the video clip below, the adorable pooch can be seen gleefully strutting alongside Peru’s military and working dogs, much to the delight of the crowd and reporters. The happy dog weaves in and around marching men and women, tail wagging, as if to celebrate the occasion, too. He really appears to be loving the attention from the crowd.
That is, until he gets a little too close to presidential security who cruelly snatch the dog – by his tail – from the street and throw him out of the parade. Television reporters, now following the street dog instead of the parade, can be heard expressing shock and anger at the inhumane treatment of the fun-loving mutt.
One reporter, disgusted by the sweet dog’s treatment, explains that the dog is well-loved by the community and makes an appearance in the parade every year.
Later in the clip, another street dog is seen being lovingly petted by a bystander.
“That’s how a dog should be treated,” said one reporter.
Peruvians in general are upset by the dog’s treatment and are taking to social media in hopes of changing the treatment of these animals by government officials.