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A Heartbreaking Photo Shows A Toronto Man Holding The Body Of His Beloved Dachshund

RIP Dacky.

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Last Wednesday, Kurt Haupt stood helplessly in a Toronto park holding the mauled body of his beloved dachshund Dacky as the dogs who allegedly killed him walked away. / Via Facebook: thetorontopetdaily

The gut-wrenching moment was captured in a photo shared on The Toronto Pet Daily's Facebook page.

Haupt, 81, was at Etobicoke's Centennial Park last week walking Dacky, a senior himself at 14 years old. That's when, police allege, Haupt encountered a man walking four Italian mastiffs off-leash who then attacked 15-pound Dacky.

“My dog, she runs towards them. Immediately they grabbed her and dropped her," he told CityNews. “I knew she was dead.”

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He held Dacky's body in his arms as a the dogs' owner rounded them up and walked away without a word to Haupt.

The photo, taken by a witness, helped lead police to Kiriakos Nendos, who has now been charged with mischief. Toronto Animal Services also removed five dogs from his West End home.

It's a devastating loss for Haupt, who is single and childless and described Dacky as his best friend.

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"My little dog. She loved everybody. She was so friendly," Haupt told the Toronto Sun.

Thanks to the help of total strangers, Haupt will have a little help dealing with the loss. A GoFundMe campaign has now raised enough money to cover his vet bills with enough left over for "a few things to make his life a little brighter."

Sue Dunstan, who started the campaign, wrote that she "just felt like I needed to do something for this lovely older gentleman to let him know he is not alone in this world."

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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