People feel more empathy with dogs than they do for other humans, according to the study. However, people feel the same amount of empathy for children as they canines, the study adds.
In the study, a group of young people were told fictional stories about either an animal, child or adult being beaten. The respondents then shared how much they cared about each of the subjects of the story.
The results showed the suffering of the dog and the child got more empathy than the suffering of the adult subject.
Researchers say the deeper care comes in the perceived vulnerability of the dog and child.