Every year, countless dogs in the United States are abandoned by their owners, left to fend for themselves or await death out of sight from the people they thought they could trust.
While all too often, unloved and alone, they do indeed meet that sad fate, there's a glimmer hope for those pets - thanks to people like Marina Tarashevska.
Warning: Video contains graphic footage
Tarashevska, a dog rescuer in Texas, is the subject of a troubling exposé by the Dallas Morning News, which casts light on an issue of national importance. Nearly every day, the 28-year-old ventures out to a forest in southeast Dallas that's long been a popular place for people to abandoned their dead, dying or unwanted pets. Her goal is to bring justice for the deceased and, in the best cases, salvation to the living.
While walking with a news crew through the illegal pet dumping ground, a literal boneyard of discarded dogs, the urgency of her work couldn't have been exhibited more clearly.