One of the qualities that is said to separate we humans from the supposedly lower animal kingdom is the ability to empathise.
Having said that, I had a dog way back when who could pick up on your feelings - and presumably the feelings of others - no problem, but have known humans who do not possess such a capacity.
Evolution is an ongoing process, I suppose.
The picture left, sent by a reader, features a German Shepherd with acid thrown in its face in Donaghmede, north Dublin. The dog was found in agony near a school and had to be put down.
As a fellow blogger sometimes remarks: 'nuff said.
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