Petition for stolen puppy in Paris goes viral

Petition To Return Puppy To Homeless Owner Goes Viral

French animal rights activists took a puppy from a homeless man, renamed it "Vegan" and put it up for adoption. Now, outraged social media users are petitioning to get the puppy back.

An online petition demanding the puppy's return to its original owner had nearly 58,000 signatures by Thursday morning, and is continuing to spread on the image platform Imgur.

The appeal comes as part of broader backlash against the Cause Animale Nord activists who took the dog in Paris last week. When activists posted photos of the pup to Facebook, advertising it was up for adoption, outraged social media users flooded the group's Facebook and Twitter pages with criticisms.

The president of the animal activists group, Antony Blanchard, reportedly said they acted because the group believed the owner was drugging the dog. A Facebook post on the group's page claims the puppy appeared shockingly immobile and had dilated pupils.

But rather than quell the backlash, this only fueled onlookers' outrage. By Thursday, a video of the incident posted to Facebook and YouTube had been watched nearly 2 million times combined, showing just much attention it's getting.

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