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'Hero dog' pulls another dog from oncoming traffic

December 5, 2008 |  3:21 pm

A video making the rounds today shows a dog in Chile performing a heroic act -- pulling a friend from oncoming traffic on a busy road. A traffic camera caught the rescuer bravely dodging cars to drag the injured dog to the side of the road.

Perhaps called by one of the motorists who hit the dog before it was pulled to safety, a rescue crew shows up at the end of the video.

We can't tell whether the poor pup survived the experience or not, but three woofs to the hero dog! He deserves a lifetime supply of treats.

UPDATE: After hundreds of thousands of people viewed the video of the hero dog last week, authorities understandably received a few calls about him, some from people wanting to adopt. And along with those in the comment section, we at Unleashed wondered about the fate of his injured friend.

Bad news, dear readers, if you haven't heard:

Highway crews removed both the dead and live dogs from the median strip of the Vespucio Norte Highway shortly after the Dec. 4 incident, and the rescuer dog ran away.

Authorities say images of the rescue prompted some people to call and offer to adopt the dog, but neither highway workers nor a television crew could find they animal when they went to hunt for it.

Hero dog, we hardly knew ye.

If you're looking to adopt a new pet, though, may we suggest one of the many posted here. Jack from the valley, for example, or maybe even a koala bear.

-- Clare Abreu

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