No one could say Alex Perez doesn't have a big heart.
He was just 11 years old when he came across a puppy at a yard sale - and insisted on taking him home.
Just a couple of years after that, while driving with his mom, the boy spotted an injured pit bull running up the middle of the street.
"I was pulling off the side of the road when I hear Alex's car door open," his mother, Valinda Cortez of Canton, North Carolina, tells The Dodo. "Before I could stop him, he was out in the middle of the road with this dog."
"He picked up this bloody baby and brought him to the car," she says. "We got him all healed up and now he lives a wonderful spoiled life."