Two recent stories back up a study claiming people like dogs better than other people.

most people would first help a distressed dog before another human being

The allegations a puppy was fed to a snapping turtle in Idaho.  The other is the charge a woman in a neighboring state cooked a live dog.

To call the public response raging would be a good description.  I’m reminded of a video we saw some years ago where it appeared some of our troops serving overseas tossed a puppy over a cliff.  One video did more to change public opinion about war than any battlefield casualties.

Ilovemydogsomuch.com has the story about the study.  It says most people would first help a distressed dog before another human being.