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'Tiger' Spotted Turns Out To Be Pet Dog That Has Been Dyed

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'Tiger' Spotted Turns Out To Be Pet Dog That Has Been Dyed

A 'tiger' that was spotted being casually walked along a Chinese street has turned out to be a dog that had been dyed:

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Video footage shows the orange and black dog being walked on a lead with its owner.

After the clip started to go viral, local media found out that the animal is actually a pet dog that has been dyed and had a fake long tail attached to it.

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According to the MailOnline, the dog - which is believed to be a Caucasian Shepherd - was spotted on the streets of Zhangye, Gansu Province.

Credit: Douyin/Zhangye Daily
Credit: Douyin/Zhangye Daily

Local newspaper, Zhangye Daily, reported how the male owner had dyed the dog to resemble a wild animal. He had also wrapped a fake tail on its back.

It's unknown whether the man used a toxic colouring on his pet's fur.

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It's not the first time an animal has been dyed a different colour for the owner's enjoyment.

Credit: Douyin/Zhangye Daily
Credit: Douyin/Zhangye Daily

Animal welfare activists had spotted the dog and were worried that the method used to dye her fur might have harmed her. Activists immediately whisked away the animal and took her to a nearby shelter.

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The dog, nicknamed Scarlet, was spotted on the street with a man who lives in a refugee camp in the Greek town of Schimatari.

The man had claimed he paid 150 euros (£135) for the dog because he really liked the colour. After being taken to the animal shelter, Scarlet was put up for adoption.

The colourant was found to be hair dye. A vet said that thankfully the dog's skin did not appear to have been harmed by the reckless stunt.

She was given a brand new home and her new owners have since shared pictures of her looking a lot more like her normal self and less like Clifford the Big Red Dog - and she looks a lot happier for it.

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Dog owners are strongly warned against using human products like hair dye on dogs as their fur and skin is significantly different to human skin and hair.

Featured Image Credit: Douyin/Zhangye Daily

Topics: Community, Animals

Rebecca Shepherd
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