“The most heartbreaking scene is when one of the dogs approaches the men, almost asking for mercy for his friends who are dying,” Shaarawi added. “The man didn't stop there or feel any mercy toward that friendly dog — instead he put food on the end of the stick mixed with poison and shoved it in his mouth.”
This all happened a few months after Lebanon’s current president, Michel Aoun, passed a new animal welfare law that banned the torture and abuse of animals. Since the poisoning happened after the law was put in place, animal welfare advocates were furious.
Even the Lebanese president himself spoke out about the incident — he posted a photo of himself with his dog on Facebook, along with a statement condemning the way the workers had dealt with the stray dogs.