A heartbreaking image has captured the devastating aftermath of a suspected hit-and-run that left one dog dead and another refusing to leave its companion behind.
As one dog lay dead at the side of a road in Kingsville, in the US state of Texas, another was photographed guarding the body of its friend by animal control officers attending the scene.
A series of photos – shared to the Kingsville Kleberg Health Department Animal Control & Care Centre Facebook page – highlighted how the fiercely loyal male dog tried to protect his “sister” from the workers there to help him.
“This boy wasn't going to let anyone mess with his sister. Our Animal Control Officers had a hard time convincing him everything was going to be alright and they were there to help him,” their post read.
“This call was one of the most heart-wrenching for our staff, but we thought we'd share some behind the scene images of situations they are faced with on a regular basis.”
The surviving dog was given the name “Guardian” by the officers and would be kept at the facility for a mandatory four-day period before becoming available for adoption.
An update to the post said there had already been an adoption appointment scheduled first thing on the morning of May 29, the day he is set to be officially available.
Nearly 5000 people shared the centre’s post and more than 100 people commented saying how heartbroken they were at the sight of Guardian refusing the leave his friend’s side.
“How heart-wrenching is this photo. Thank you for your help and prayers to Guardian for being such a strong dog watching over his sister,” one person wrote.
“This made me reach over and give my dog an extra kiss. Has me crying,” another said.
“So sad. Heartbreaking. Thanks for the help and support and love please,” a third added.
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