The dog, named Kira, is visibly exhausted as Gomes carries her to safety in his arms — but thanks to his heroic actions, she survived the ordeal in good health.
Kira was later reunited with her owners who, despite losing nearly all their possessions to the flood, are taking solace in the fact that their family, at least, is still intact.
"We are so happy," Fabiana Farias de Oliveira, Kira's owner, told The Dodo. "Thank God he was able to save Kira. Our kids sleep with her every night, and losing her would have been a disaster."