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Heartbroken Soldier Breaks Down In Tears As Military Dog Is Put To Sleep

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Heartbroken Soldier Breaks Down In Tears As Military Dog Is Put To Sleep

A heartbroken soldier burst into tears as he prepared to say his final goodbye to his terminally ill military working dog.

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In the clip Huaibin begs medics to let him stay beside the dog during the operation, but is removed by a couple of fellow servicemen.

The touching moment was shown on state broadcaster CCTV on Saturday, which shared the sad tale behind their relationship.

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Huaibin said he first realised something was wrong with his beloved military dog during a training session, after he bit on a ball and then threw up.

Concerned about him being sick, Huaibin looked inside the dog's mouth and spotted a large lump- so he sought advice from a vet and was given the sad news that it was a cancerous tumour.

Over the next eight months, Huaibin travelled to a number of different veterinary clinics to try and boost the pooch's chance of survival, explaining: "I wanted to try and save him no matter what."

He went on to say that as 'long as there was a glimmer of hope' he would continue to seek treatment for the dog.

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Credit: CCTV/Weibo
Credit: CCTV/Weibo

And Huaibin was hopeful, saying Wu Yi was a fighter and wanted to live.

He added: "The way it looked at me - it might be hard for you to understand - was a way for us to communicate. It was saying it also wanted to keep on living."

However, even after four operations the dog's health continued to worsen as the cancer spread.

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Vets then told Huaibin that the dog couldn't be saved and that the kindest thing to do would be to put him to sleep.

Huaibin added: "I didn't wish him to suffer anymore. I cannot bear it."

The devastated solider was able to spend a last few moments with the dog, before he was put to sleep.

The dog was given a funeral, attended by several soldiers, including Huaibin, who all saluted the dog's tomb when the ceremony ended.

Featured Image Credit: CCTV/Weibo

Topics: World News, Animals, China, soldier

Claire Reid
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