A puppy who was once terrified of being touched is now learning to love the feel of a caring hand.
The young dog, named Kayne, has captivated social media users around the world after Monica Mitreanu shared video of him at an animal shelter in Romania last November. So extreme was the untold abuse he suffered prior to being rescued that he literally screamed out in terror at the notion of being petted.
The distressing clip has since been viewed millions of times online, making Kayne an unwitting icon for the horrors of animal abuse. But his story doesn’t end there.
Perhaps due to confusion about the puppy’s name (which has been reported elsewhere as Priscilla), it wasn’t immediately clear what happened to Kayne. Thanks to a Facebook update from animal rescuer Kerry Wollacott, who works to help save dogs in Romania, now we know: Kayne has been transformed.
More recent footage shows the puppy happily being petted. And there will be plenty more of that going forward.
According to Wollacott, Kayne has since been flown to a foster home overseas where he’s been paired with a family:
“I’m sure you all remember the now famous crying pup, his video was spread far and wide his scream tugging on everyone’s heart strings. Well here is little Kayne he’s just had a visit to the vets to have his vaccinations ready for him to leave Romania on the 17th Dec to start his new life in the UK.”