A man who had his house broken into had the only photos of his dog's last day alive stolen from his home.
He has responded by putting up letters to the thieves begging for the return of his camera's memory card as he 'cannot replace' the memories on it, and the letter has gone viral.
What? I'm not crying... you are!
When one Facebook user called Saoirse Morgan saw this notice posted in Bloor and Landsdowne, Toronto on July 1st they did what anyone does when looking for mass exposure in this day and age and posted it online along with the caption:
'Photo taken at Bloor and Lansdowne. This is simply heartbreaking. I hope this person does the right thing.'
Anyone who has ever lost a dog will appreciate the heart-wrenching pain that we go through saying goodbye to our furry companions, and to lose something as personal as a photograph is a tragic loss as they become our primary way to feel a connection with those we have lost.
The desperate appeal has, at the time of writing, received over 49 thousand shares on Facebook, over 33 thousand reactions, and caused about a hundred million broken hearts - and those numbers are rising fast!
The letter even tells the burglars that they can keep the cash and the equipment, but simply to return the photos as the original owner 'cannot replace those photos'.
The letter really shows the sadness that people experience when losing a pet, and the lengths that they will go through to preserve the memory of them. To lose a beloved family pet and then lose your memories of her only a few days later is truly heartbreaking.
The internet may have a lot of negative uses for some people nowadays, but the ability to spread an important message or cause like this is fantastic.
And, while it might be seen as a naive long shot by some people, this sort of thing has actually happened before!
Some years ago, a group of thieves who had ransacked a charity office and stolen a horde of computer equipment, returned to the scene of the crime at night and returned all of the stuff that they had stolen along with a note which explains that they had 'no idea what we were takeing' and applauded the charity for its work.
The charity chief was interviewed following the unbelievable incident, and said, 'We were all pretty shocked. You've got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief, I got chills, I got very emotional.' The chief even went on to say she planned to frame the letter and hang it on the wall in the office.
The story was widely covered and is one of the most bizarre moments of emotional crisis I think I've read about!
This does show that there is a sliver of hope for the person who lost their photographs.
At the time of writing this the plea has not come to fruition, but hopefully, as the word continues to spread the thieves will see it and be prompted to do the right freakin' thing!
As unlikely as it is, I can't see any reason why they wouldn't try this! In situations of grief people will do anything to preserve our memories of those we've lost.
What do you make of this story? Do you think that there's any chance that the person who posted the note will manage to get back their beloved photographs? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to share far and wide so word gets out! AAx