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Humans love dogs more than their fellow man.

Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London.

A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns - one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions.

"Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?" the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human "Harrison."

Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man's best friend.

Students were showed fake newspaper clippings about a baseball-bat attack on a puppy, an adult dog, a year-old infant and 30-year-old adult. They were asked questions to gauge their empathy and the adult finished last in sympathy.

"Respondents were significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized, in comparison with human babies, puppies and adult dogs," according to Northeastern researchers. "Only relative to the infant victim did the adult dog receive lower scores of empathy."