Most kids would do anything to keep their pets if their parents threatened to send the animals away, but one young boy from Mexico City instead decided to give up his puppy. And believe it or not, his decision was completely selfless, made under sad and scary circumstances.

An animal shelter called Refugio Xollin shared the story of an adorable puppy that had been surrendered to them, apparently under horrifying circumstances:

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The puppy was left at the shelter inside a box with a plushie and a note.

photo/Facebook: Xollin

The note said, “My name is Andres and I’m 12 years old. My mom and I decided to leave [the puppy] in your hands behind my father’s back, because he wants to sell him. But he mistreats him and kicks him. One time he kicked him so hard that he hurt his tail. I hope you can help him and take care of him. P.S. I left him a plushie so he doesn’t forget me.”

The puppy was named Rene, and thankfully, it doesn’t look like the shelter will have any trouble finding him a home. There have been hundreds of applications for the young dog, and hopefully, Andres can rest easy at least knowing that his beloved puppy will go to a loving home.

photo/Facebook: Xollin

The story is heartbreaking, and Andres’ selfless gesture was one he shouldn’t have had to make. Hopefully, he and his mom can also get out of their bad situation.

photo/Facebook: Xollin

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