A picture of an abandoned dog chained to a lamppost has sparked an angry backlash online.
The Boxer dog was found tied up by the side of the road in Hull, UK, on Thursday morning, without food, water or shelter.
Graham Dobson found the frightened dog and brought it food and water, before waiting for an owner to turn up, but no one did.
The 43-year-old subsequently called the dog warden and said the whole experience was 'heartbreaking'.
Speaking to Hull Live, he said: "I came to work in the morning and found the dog tied up on the main road looking sad and scared.
"I got told by other people that he'd been tied up for more than an hour, and I fed and watered him as he'd been left with nothing and then called the dog warden to pick him up.
"It was heartbreaking to see he had been left and how upset he was, as he was a real nice dog and so friendly, just really scared.
"I don't understand why people would just dump a dog - they don't know right from wrong and I just felt so awful for him - I love animals and don't want to see them abandoned or mistreated."
Max has been relocated to a Boxer rescue centre. Credit: Hull City Council
He continued: "He must have been just sat there not knowing why he had been left and wondering if his owner would come back and thinking to himself 'what have I done?'.
"I just hope that now the dog warden has him that somebody will be able to give him the good home that he deserves."
Many people online echoed Mr Dobson's sentiment.
One person said: "Bastards whoever they are!! What a beautiful boy he is, I hope he finds a loving forever home poor little mite didn't deserve this."
Another added: "Why would anyone do this poor little thing?
"I hope someone will give him a good home and love him and find the tosser who dumped him at the side of the road."
Hull City Council have since revealed that the owner actually returned to the scene as wardens were collecting the dog, called Max, admitting that he could no longer take care of him and signing him over to the wardens.
Max has since been moved to Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire Boxer Rescue, who will look to find him a new permanent home.
A Hull City Council spokesperson said: "Yesterday (Thursday) our dog wardens were called to a situation on Scott Street. Whilst there, the dog's owner arrived and, after speaking to our dog wardens, they acknowledged they were no longer able to look after the animal and took the difficult decision to sign the dog over into our care.
"The dog, Max, was put into temporary accommodation last night where he was looked after and assessed by a vet.
"We are pleased to say that a place has been found for Max at a specialist boxer rescue centre, where he has been transferred to today. The rescue centre will look to find Max a permanent home."
Here's hoping a brighter future is around the corner for Max.
Featured Image Credit: Graham Dobson