Security camera footage captured a man’s beautiful act of kindness towards a cold, stray dog on a snowy day in Turkey recently. A resident in the city of Giresun was reviewing the camera’s video when they noticed a man approaching a dog sitting on the sidewalk with snow falling around him.
Then the man did something surprising. He took the jacket off his back and gave the dog some food.
Needless to say, the stranger’s kindness soon caught the attention of social media and soon after the man was identified as Bülent Kalpakçıoğlu, a municipal worker in Giresun.
“If I did not give my jacket, it would have eaten at my conscience,” Kalpakçıoğlu told The Dodo. “While we are sitting warm at home, they are outside in the cold.”
Kalpakçıoğlu’s act also caught the attention of his employer and he received a certificate for his outstanding service and his act of humanity from the city’s mayor.
“With this action, he gave a lesson in humanity,” the mayor said when giving the award to Kalpakçıoğlu. “Animals are our friends. We love people, we love our city, we love all living things that are an integral part of us and our city.”
Watch the touching original security camera footage in the video below:
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With the exceptionally cold winter in Turkey this year, other animal lovers are stepping forward to help stray dogs, as a recent news story revealed when stray dogs were given refuge in a mall.