Being surrounded by vultures often has a disquieting effect on the living.
Something about waiting for you to die in order to pick at your bones, looming mortality, that sort of thing.
In classic scenes from not-so-classic movies, vultures are often seen circling overhead, etching their baleful message on black, inky wings.
Maybe this little dog seemed sad enough already, and the vultures figured they could dispense with all the theatrics.
In a photo that seems to be making the rounds on Facebook again, after being taken in late 2014, the dog is seen cowering inside a plastic house in Greensboro, North Carolina. She's chained, scared and surrounded by vultures. It's a timeless, haunting image of despair.