If you bawl your eyes out while watching Marley & Me, Hatchi, Old Yeller, or Lassie, but not as much in Titanic, Remember Me, or The Last Song, there's science to back up why you're like this.
Researchers were inspired to find out why some people empathize more with dogs than older humans after a viral story about a pit bull mauling a 4-year-old boy back in 2014 turned controversial.
When the dog was threatened to be put down, people started a campaign for Mickey the dog, which garnered 40,000 likes. The page supporting the little boy who needed reconstructive surgery received approximately 500 likes.
A study published in the journal Society & Animals found that people empathize more with young children and dogs.
And researchers discovered why.