Simon Cowell found himself moved to tears as he watched a performing rescue dog wow the audience on Britain’s Got Talent.
Miracle the dog and owner Amanda Leask appeared on the talent competition to perform a magic trick, but ended up stealing hearts for a slightly different reason.
The entire Britain’s Got Talent judging panel got emotional over Miracle the dog who was rescued from Thailand’s illegal meat trade.
The crossbreed was rescued from a cage stuffed with more than 1,000 dogs in Thailand’s illegal meat trade and adopted by Amanda Leask, who has won awards for her work with rescue dogs.
She told the judges: “Miracle has been at the heart of our family for six years, but he wasn’t always as happy and healthy as he is today.
“He spent the early part of his life in unimaginable conditions as a victim of the dog meat trade.”
Miracle’s harrowing story left everyone in tears
BGT judge Amanda Holden has been moved to tears on the show
She said: “When the rescuer first saw him she thought he was dead, but when her camera flashed, he opened an eye. It was a miracle he was still alive.
“We brought him back to Scotland and slowly nurtured him back to health.”
Amanda won the RSPCA’s Rescue Animal of the Year and Crufts Friends For Life award for her dog rescue work.
She explained on BGT that she had read about the illegal meat trade in Thailand but it wasn’t until seeing Miracle’s photo that she fell in love and describes him as a “dog that refused to die”.
The mum try to find him for almost two months and eventually tracked him down at a Thai rescue centre.
She then had him flown to her home in Edinburgh where he became a very important part of the family, especially with her son Kyle.
“If Kyle becomes upset by a situation such as too many people invading his space, Miracle will go to him and let him grab the fur on the back of his neck for comfort.”
Pooch Miracle now has a special bond with Amanda’s son Kyle, who has cerebral palsy and autism
An BGT insider told The Mirror: “It is a very special audition. All the judges love dogs and they are won over by Miracle.”
According to TheSun ,The illegal dog meat trade is described as one of “the most serious animal welfare issues in Asia”, Aa per the report by rescue charity Soi Dog.
The charity says the dogs are not humanely killed because they are tortured for hours and then skinned alive because people believe “pain inflicted leads to the tenderising of the meat”.
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