Pedro Dinis was walking his dog near Paris, France, when he came across an awful sight: A French Mastiff who was halfway buried alive in the dirt.

The poor dog was extremely dehydrated, and her eyes were caked with dust from the dirt. She had a leash on that was attached to a sack of gravel to prevent her from breaking free if she got out.

Luckily, Dinis got there just in time and worked quickly to free her from the dirt. Dinis’ dog even helped with the rescue by digging a hole in the dirt around the trapped pup.

Once she was free, Dinis gave her water and alerted police. Paris has strict anti-abuse laws regarding animals, so an investigation was underway immediately to find the cruel person who did this.

Eventually, police were able to track down her owner, who was then charged with animal cruelty and faces up to two years in prison.

Thankfully, the dog made a full recovery and was adopted by a loving family.

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Dinis posted the story and pictures on his Facebook page, which quickly went viral with more than 179,000 shares, and sparked outrage from all over the world. He says he posted them not to brag about his kind act, but to raise awareness of cruelty to animals.

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