When a passerby saw the black lab staying near her dog friend who had been struck and killed in traffic, he set up orange cones to warn motorists and filmed the remarkable dog while waiting for help to arrive. The black lab, now named Grace, remained by her friend’s side despite the heavy traffic. She didn’t have tags or a microchip and has actually already been adopted. I hope she is kept safe and happy from now on.
Like many/most countries, Chile isn’t an easy place to be a dog. It’s estimated there are 220,000 stray dogs in the Santingo area alone. Earlier this month, Chilean authorities raided the Benjamin Vinuña Mackenna Animal Protection Society where disease is rampant and animals are being killed in huge numbers instead of sheltered and adopted out. This organization was established in 1915 and reportedly is representative of the conditions in most shleters in Chile.
These images seen from the surveillance cameras show a very common situation with our overpopulated highways. It is normal for us to see dogs run over. In the video, we can see this dog fighting for his life because he was run over by the vehicle. What is very touching is to see the very heroic actions of this other dog who is trying to pull him to the side of the highway. We are going to keep seeing things like this until we find a solution to the dogs living on the streets.
All of this was captured on security cameras in Chile. First, one dog is struck by a car on a busy freeway. Then another dog appears and begins to haul the injured dog to safety on the side of the road. Amazing and kind of heartbreaking to see the dog’s persistence while no one stops to help.