Dog 'Abandoned' by Owner Reduced to Skin and Bone in Heartbreaking Clip

An animal control worker has shared a heartbreaking video of a dog that was reduced to just skin and bone, claiming its owner "abandoned" it.

Hanah Hueston shared a shocking clip to her TikTok page, @hanahhueston, showing a messy room with a severely malnourished dog on the floor.

Hueston, an animal control officer for Vermilion County, Illinois, captioned the video: "POV [point of view] your owner abandoned you."

The tan pup is lying on the floor, looking unable to stand, with his bones sticking out. Yet incredibly, he wags his tail when his rescuers find him, as they give him some food.

The clip cuts to the dog standing and walking, now wearing a fetching coat, as Hueston captioned the video: "Another safe soul."

The video, shared in December, has been seen more than 42 million times, and can be seen here, and there was an outpouring of grief for the dog, and rage at the owner.

Corey commented: "Omg this just broke my heart."

Alexa wrote: "NOOOO. I'm sobbing how can people be this cruel."

Samantha said: "I legitimately started crying the second I saw him, stop."

Maddy thought: "That owner should never be allowed to touch a dog again."

While ReadySetJackie admitted: "I'm in tears, he was so happy to see you."

Alyssa Gonzalez added: "Instant tears, That poor baby was still happy to see you even in his worst shape.. oh my gosh my heart."

While Michele Martinez commented: "Some humans just don't deserve dogs."

"I'm crying. How can anyone ever do this and thank u for helping him. Whoever did this there's a place n hell for them," Lucy's mom added.

Dogs are the most common pet in the U.S., with figures from American Pet Products Association (APPA) covering 2021/22, revealing some 69 million households had a mutt.

But The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) claimed every year 6.3 million animals enter shelters across the U.S., with 3.1 million of those dogs.

They added: "Approximately 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year (2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats).

"About 810,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 710,000 are dogs and 100,000 are cats."

Hueston shared updates in the comments, revealing the resilient pooch was called Chance.

She confirmed: "He found a loving foster that will adopt when he is well." And she added: "Chance has gained 5 pounds and is slowly starting to play again!"

People were so moved by Chance's condition that Hueston shared another two updates on his progress, showing the pup enjoying a walk outside.

While still thin, he looks in much better shape than when he was found, and has clearly put on weight.

That video amassed more than a million views alone, while a third clip, entitled "Chance 1 month update," showed him nearly at full strength.

His bones are no longer visible, and he seems content with his tail wagging, as Hueston revealed he got his happy ending. "He's been adopted," she wrote.

On its Facebook page, Vermilion County Animal Shelter is described as: "An open intake facility working to make a difference for the animals and people in our community!"

They share numerous animals, including cats, dogs and rabbits, up for adoption.

Kevin Smith, animal control officer at Vermilion County Animal Shelter, spoke out about rising cases of animal abuse in December.

He told local site WCIA: "I've seen a significant rise, as all of us have. I've been here a long time, and I would say this year has probably been one of our worst.

"In not just numbers, but the severity of the cases, and that's been our main thing, is some of the severity of the cases that we've had."

Newsweek reached out to Hueston for comment.

File photo of thin dog.
File photo of thin dog. A dog made an incredible recovery after being reduced to just skin and bone. Cristian Martin/Getty Images