Emmerdale fans were overwhelmed with emotion as the Dingles encountered distressed dogs in a puppy farm during last nights episode of the ITV soap.
Viewers found scenes of whining puppies straining to get under a barn door so upsetting to watch they tweeted about not wanting to watch the show at all.
The shocking discovery was made as Zak Dingle, Sam Dingle and Lydia Hart as they tried to rescue Monty the dog from his abusive owner.
Having tracked flea-ridden and starving Monty – tied up with rope – down to a farm, the Dingles looked to have accomplished their mission of mercy.
But they were soon distracted by the sound of whimpering – and quickly noticed pooches struggling to escape the barn.
And after Lydia freed one by opening the barn’s door, it became clear Monty’s owner was a puppy farmer.
Noting the next shed along also contained scores of wailing pups, Sam said: “There’s more here. Dalmatians, hundreds of them.”
“One hundred and one,” Lydia quipped.
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Fans were as stunned as Zak by the find, expressing their upset on social media.
oh those poor dogs i hope the Dingles rescue them all #Emmerdale
— LeonaLewisFan1 (@LeonaLewisFan1) August 14, 2018
The Emmerdale sad dogs story is too much. Hormones are hard. pic.twitter.com/3NlpmEsbyF
— Rachel (@racybearhold) August 14, 2018
OH MY GOD THE PUPPIES 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 #emmerdale
— Danimay Palmer (@Danimay_Palmer) August 14, 2018
them poor dogs💔 #emmerdale
— Emma✨ (@emmaamags) August 14, 2018
Aw I can’t be doing with animal cruelty now 😥 #Emmerdale
— misscimla31 (@misscimla) August 14, 2018
#emmerdale getting me in the heart tonight. 🐾🐶 Save ‘em all Zach!
— thebookgirly (@thebookgirly) August 14, 2018
Hate the #Emmerdale story line about the dogs being treated awfully e.g a puppy farm. It is making me not want to watch the show!
— Chloe (@_chloehx_) August 14, 2018
Others, however, praised the show for addressing the issue of puppy farming.
Well done #Emmerdale for the #puppyfarm story. Distressing yes, but if this awareness moves to end this, then well worth it. It is not just a soap shock story, it is happening now, it happened to my 2 dogs #adoptdontshop @emmerdale @pupaid @EmmerdalePress @SchnauzerfestUK pic.twitter.com/RaIqG9k7ui
— Bella & Mabel (@ladybellabarlow) August 14, 2018
— 🦅 (@birdzwatcher) August 14, 2018
Zak’s reunion with Monty was sadly only a brief one as he wasn’t allowed to take Monty back to Wishing Well Cottage.
Having notified the police, the pups and Monty were all taken away from the breeder for new lives.
– Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays
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