Gomes, a 26-year-old from the town of Blumenau, had just escaped his own home amid the deluging rain when he was alerted to the fact that, next door, a pup was clinging to life in the high water. The dog's family was not home at the time, so Gomes took it upon himself to save her.
To him, the choice was easy.
"Like the saying goes: Do for others as you would have them do for you," Gomes told The Dodo. "I have a dog. I am a friend to animals."
Footage of the incident shows just how risky a rescue it was; as Gomes waded through the high water, the house began to collapse.