TinTin the Pit bull's former owner did not love him or look after him, and likely used him as a "trophy". In Bali, Indonesia, big dog breeds are seen as symbols of wealth and power. But as soon as the pup got sick, his former owner took him to the vet and never came back to get him, reports The Dodo.
This vet did not even bother to help TinTin, and just kept him in a cage getting thinner and thinner.Ebony Owens, director at Bali Dog Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC), has a theory - the previous owner was not paying the vet, so the vet was not going to deliver the services.
TinTin's principle problem was starvation, and it's possible that he was already starving before he got taken to the vet the first time. Owens explained that sadly, there are so many "status symbol" dogs like TinTin in Indonesia, who do not get the care they need:
There's an extreme lack of knowledge here of the appropriate care of these [Western] breeds, so most often they end up behind bars for life with completely inadequate care.