Surprising reason shelter was slammed for sharing photos of rescue dog

WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: An animal rescue group has copped “a tonne of criticism” for posting photos of a dog who suffered horrific abuse because people believed his image had been photoshopped.

People didn’t believe Phoenix the dog, pictured with a disfigured face, was real after he lived through horrific torment. He’s seen with fur on his face missing and part of his nose removed.

He was rescued in Skiatook, in the US state of Oklahoma, and currently is in the care of Skiatook Paws and Claws Animal Rescue.

People didn't believe this photo of Phoenix the dog was real. Source: Facebook/ Skiatook Paws and Claws Animal Rescue

But after the shelter posted photos of him, appealing for funding to treat the neglected pooch, people didn’t believe them.

“Many thought we had photoshopped his picture, this was a fake image just for money, or we would never catch him,” the shelter wrote on Sunday.

“He has been caught. He is safe. He will never know the abuse and neglect of humans ever again.”

It’s not known exactly led to Phoenix’s disfigurement and the shelter admits “we may never know”.

“All that matters is Phoenix is safe and comfortable with people who can give them their all,” the shelter wrote.

“His quality of life is being assessed by our medical experts, and we have had reports of tail wags, kisses, and a fire within that burns stronger than the suffering on the outside.”

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