By now you’ve probably seen a few videos of little live pets getting crushed by cars, or fallen off trees.
And if you’ve ever had to pick them up from the ground, it’s easy to see why.
But what about when a little one dies?
The animals are often too small to even be taken to a vet for treatment, so there’s a long wait before you can adopt them.
The problem is that some people can’t afford to take them to a hospital, let alone have a vet take care of them.
That’s what happened to Pete Weathers pet, who died last week.
Pete was found dead in his backyard by a dog walker.
He was five-years-old.
A dog walkers dog guide told ABC News that Pete’s dog, a mix called Dolly, was also found dead.
The dog was reportedly found alone in the backyard.
Pete’s death comes on the heels of another tragic death last month of a dog in Florida who had a heart attack.
And it’s unclear why he died, though Pete is the second dog to die of heart problems since this year.
Petes death is just one of several in the past year that have been linked to the growing trend of pets getting euthanized.
And the problem has gotten worse over the past few years.
According to a 2015 study, the euthanasia rate for dogs and cats in the U.S. jumped from 3.7 per 100,000 pets in 2009 to 3.9 in 2015.
And that’s according to data from the Humane Society of the United States, which estimates that the euthanization rate for pet owners has jumped nearly 20 percent since 2009.
In 2014, the American Humane Association reported that the number of pets euthanizing each year is on the rise, but the trend is not slowing down.
According to the organization, there are currently more than 2.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats in America, up from 1.1 million and 1 million respectively in 2007.
“I think we’re seeing more and more people who aren’t being able to take care for their pets because of economic issues,” said Michael Pyle, the executive director of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“It’s not just people who are working two or three jobs to pay their bills.
It’s also people who have to put food on the table.”
So far, there’s no cure for pet death, but some experts say the lack of veterinary care and lack of awareness about pet euthanasia are the main reasons.
“People are putting the animals at risk,” said Dr. Robert Lipsitz, director of emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“The biggest thing is that we’re not doing the research to understand what’s causing the problem.
We don’t have enough research to say what is causing the death, and what causes the illness.
It just doesn’t make sense.”
He’s not the only veterinarian who thinks that the pet owner’s lack of knowledge about the pet’s condition is to blame.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the cause of death for pets,” said Lipsiz.
“In general, pet owners are very concerned about their pets’ health, and they do not understand how they are being impacted by the disease.”