The owner tied the pooch to a tree, shot him in the face, and left him to die.

Dogs are naturally joyful creatures, a quality that makes them so amazing.

However, one man punished his pooch for being too happy and playful. Hikers found the sweet 7-month-old puppy tied to a tree and left for dead.

According to reports, the owner claimed the dog was “too happy” all the time, which he thought was annoying. So he thought shooting the dog would solve his “problem.”

Save A Greek Stray received the pooch after the hikers brought him to the shelter. At the time, he was clinging to his life. But despite the severe injury and pain, the dog was still happy.

owner shoots dog in the face for always being “too happy”

Ice developed an infection from his wound, but it was treatable.

Once the infection was under control, he underwent several surgeries to reconstruct his face. Still, through pain and discomfort, Ice continued to exude happiness.

The medical team used skin graphs to reconstruct his face. The pooch now features a permanent little tuft of skin on the left side of his face.

owner shoots dog in the face for always being “too happy”

After recovery, the dog’s unique appearance bothered many people, and no one was ready to adopt him.

Fortunately, one family heard Ice’s story and decided to adopt him.

Now, Ice lives in the UK with his forever family. He still poses for pictures and is finally happy again.

owner shoots dog in the face for always being “too happy”

This isn’t the first time a dog has suffered human cruelty.

Lady was set on fire

In another incident, reported by PetHelpful, an unknown suspect severely burned a one-year-old pitbull/shepherd mix named Lady.

By the time the dog’s owner responded to her barks and screams, Lady was entirely engulfed in flames.

Though the pooch rolled around and managed to put the fire out, she suffered severe injuries.

Later, the care team learned that Lady had been soaked with gasoline. The pooch was set on fire as part of a twisted Halloween prank.

Such an act is despicable and a far cry from a prank.

Anti-cruelty laws on pet abuse in the US vary from state to state, and sometimes from city to city.

The legal definitions of abuse, neglect, or appropriate conditions may differ. The penalties for animal abuse may also vary.

Fortunately, society has begun to recognize animal abuse as part of the cycle of violence.

Many animal activists are calling for stiffer penalties against abusers and strict enforcement capabilities.

As a result, many states have added felony penalties to their anti-cruelty laws.