Researchers Make A Disturbing Discovery When Testing Human Responses To Dogs In Danger

By Kayleigh Roberts

What would you do if you spotted a dog in distress and stuck in a hot car all alone? Would you go into superhero mode and break into the car to free the dog? Would you call the police and wait to make sure they took care of the situation? Or would you just keep walking and hope for the best?

The people at Confused.com, a car-buying website, set up a social experiment in the U.K. to test exactly that, I Heart Dogs reports. Researchers put a fake dog (emphasis on fake — it was just a realistic stuffed animal) in a hot car and played recorded whining and barking sounds so that passersby would believe it was a live dog in distress.

Researchers shocked by how many people who stopped to help a dog
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The results of the experiment might shock you. Hundreds of people passed the car and the fake dog (named Annie), but only FOUR stopped to check on her.

Researchers shocked by how many people who stopped to help a dog
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None of the people broke into the car or did anything extreme, but the site did have to stop two of them from calling the RSPCA — which is exactly the right move.

Researchers shocked by how many people who stopped to help a dog
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Watch the full video below released by researchers at Confused.com.

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