HÀ NỘI — A video of a Mông ethnic elderly woman in the northern province of Hà Giang crying as she was forced to sell her beloved dog to make ends meet has recently gone viral on Facebook and moved many viewers to tears.
The dog was seen lying still without barking while his owner constantly put her hand into the cage petting and saying farewell to the dog.
It was then sold to a man who recorded the video. He consoled her that he would take care of it and sometimes she could come over to visit.
After watching the video that has been shared on many Facebook groups, Lê Văn Tiến, a dealer specialising in rare breeds of dogs, decide to return the dog to the Mông woman.
He re-purchased the dog from the man who made the video.
Tiến said he travelled from Quản Bạ District to Mèo Vạc District in Hà Giang Province to ask the dog seller to take him to the new owner’s house and gave the dog back to her.
“My house is located 140km from her house. I departed at 7am and arrived at her house at 12pm,” he added.
According to Tiến, the elderly women spoke the ethnic language so he did not know her name. She currently lives with her grandchild’s family. Like many other locals, their life is very difficult.
“She said that the she had raised the dog for 11 months. It belongs to a rare Mông short-tailed species. After watching the video, I was moved to tears on seeing her affection for the animal. So I decided to give the dog back to her,” Tiến said.
Lê Văn Tiến (first left) gives back the dog to its owner, a Mông ethnic woman. — Photo giadinh.net.vn
“Many people have told me that if I give it back, then some day she will sell it again, but I don’t care about that. I also encouraged her to try to feed it until it dies. If she wants to raise another dog, I’m also willing to give her a new one.
“When I gave it back to her, it is her right to sell it or not on the other day. I just want to do this due to my appreciation for the affection between the owner and the dog,” he added.
Tiến did not reveal how much he spent on the dog but said it was not a small amount.
In addition to giving the dog back to its owner, the kind-hearted man has also called on donors to donate money to support the Mông family. As a result, he has raised over VNĐ5 million (US$214), plus another one million ($43) of his own, to present to the Mông elderly.
“I have taken some money from that amount to buy food for the family. I am so happy that my appeal for the donation has been enthusiastically supported by everyone,” he said. — VNS