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Homeless man jumps into river to save pet rabbit

ohn Byrne, a homeless man for over 22 years, was sitting on the O’Connell Bridge with his pet rabbit when a teenager walking by grabbed the animal and threw it into the river, reports the Irish Times.

Without a second thought, Byrne jumped into the river to rescue his floppy friend and both were quickly helped by the Dublin Fire Brigade.

Numerous witnesses saw the event, and Byrne’s heroic actions were captured on a video which was later posted on the internet.

Byrne has since received the compassionate citizen award from the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), a charity organization, and a job offer to work with animals from a local farmer.

“As I watched the footage of this helpless man saving the life of a helpless animal, tears fell from my eyes and the footage sent a shiver down my spine for such a touching act of kindness,” the director of ARAN, John Carmody, told the source.

According to the American Humane Association (AHA), 70 percent of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. The AHA notes that animal cruelty is often the result of deeper problems with individuals that can grow into behavior that puts people at risk. 
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