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Vet is 'abandoned' to raise awareness about dumped dogs

Olivia Kennedy spent a day wandering in the countryside, and filmed her experiences.

Source: Lucy's Trust/YouTube

A VET WAS abandoned in the countryside in an effort to raise awareness about dumped dogs.

Olivia Kennedy from Northern Irish rescue dog organisation Lucy’s Trust filmed her journey, mimicking what she believes happens when an animal is dumped by their owner.

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She was brought to an unknown location and abandoned, then wandered for a day in an effort to find her ‘owner’.

“We aim to try and highlight what it is really like to find yourself totally alone. not knowing where you are, or when you will eat again, or even where you can take refuge if the weather turns bad,” she said on Facebook.

She didn’t know when she would be picked up during her journey.

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In a video, Olivia explained more:

The reason is there are so many dogs that are dumped year on year, day on day, week on week, across the UK and Ireland, and across the world and nobody really thinks about what goes on in their wee heads, what do they experience when they realise my owner’s gone and I’m here. There are no reasons to dump a dog.

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“If we can make one person think twice before taking that lead off and driving way, then we’ve done our job,” she added.

She carried a Go Pro camera, and avoided people and cars, like a stray dog would. “I’m going to live the life of a stray dog for as long as [the cameraman] chooses” she says.

But at the end of the day, she said she knew she would be going home, unlike thousands of stray dogs.

The videos can all be watched here.

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