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Supermarket chain Iceland has rewarded two of its employees who gave a coat to a dog to help protect it after it was caught in a heavy storm.
The tiny pooch had been cowering in the rain soaking wet after it was tethered outside the Finaghy Iceland store in Northern Ireland.
It was spotted by two of the store's employees, Luke Carlin and Lauren McCartan, who decided that they should do something to help.
Unable to carry the dog inside, they decided to protect it by using one of their store jackets to shelter it from the elements.
So Luke ventured out into the storm without his jacket, instead using it to cover the dog which was otherwise defenceless to the torrential rain.
The kind gesture was captured in a heartwarming video by a passenger who had noticed the dog while sheltering from the rain in a nearby car.
After the video went viral on social media, bosses from Iceland decided to reward the company's selfless employees.
Their generous actions earned Luke and Lauren a Customer Service Award in recognition of their quick thinking.
Iceland said the pair were role models for how they wanted all of their employees to behave and the awards were in appreciation of their kind-hearted actions.
A spokesperson from Iceland said: "Luke and Lauren's quick thinking in sheltering a four-legged friend from the rain is exactly the type of attitude we encourage from all our employees and we're tremendously proud of them both."
But people have been quick to criticise the owner who left the soggy dog at the mercy of the elements.
One person commenting on the video on Facebook said: "Dogs are not allowed in shops, shame on the owner leaving the poor thing there. Why not just leave him/her at home?"
Another added: "Keep them at home, it's not safe leaving them tied outside. They could be stolen in seconds. Not to mention leaving it in the rain - don't have a dog if you can't make sure it's safe."
But most people preferred to shower praise on the kind-hearted employees, with one person saying they had done a 'great job', while another called it a 'beautiful gesture'.
Nice work, Luke and Lauren.
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