FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's something you may think is true, but a new study answers the question, "Are People More Disturbed by Dog or Human Suffering?"
The study is published in the journal Society & Animals.
Two hundred and fifty-six undergraduates at a major Northeastern University were asked to indicate their degree of empathy for a brutally beaten human adult or child versus an adult dog or puppy, as described in a fictitious news report.
The study participants "found more empathy for victims who are human children, puppies, and fully-grown dogs than for victims who are adult humans."
The other significant finding was that age makes a difference for empathy in humans, but that's not the case when it comes to dogs.
Female participants were significantly more empathetic toward all victims than were their male counterparts.
Sorry adult humans, new study says people are more sympathetic to dogs of any age than you