As an Atlanta man drove home from church earlier this month, he noticed a dog by the side of the road and realized the animal was standing over his seriously injured friend.
“The look on his face: ‘Can someone help me?’ He was watching over him like a guard dog,” Michael Mason told WSB-TV.
Mason’s photograph of the inspiring scene went viral after “The Walking Dead” actress Kylie Szymanski reposted it to her Facebook page, writing that she really wanted the pit bull to be saved.
“Pit bulls are always the first to be killed in a shelter but I know they are the best,” Szymanski wrote.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” Mason told the news station of the viral photo. “I wasn’t thinking about it. I was thinking about the dog.”
The dog was taken to Fulton County Animal Services, where he was nicknamed Herman. Unfortunately, the veterinarian was unable to save Herman’s female friend.
“[Herman] is very afraid here at the shelter and needs someone as loyal to him as he was to his friend in the street” to adopt him, the shelter posted on Facebook.
Herman’s history is unclear, but the animal shelter staff believe he is around 2 years old.
“We are grateful someone stopped and cared enough to take a picture and share it to demonstrate the power of a dog’s love. And this sweet animal didn’t leave his friend when she was injured,” Cicley Gay with LifeLine Animal Project told WSB.
Here is the picture of Herman's heroic efforts to protect and help his friend:
Watch the news station's report below: