The dog was wearing a collar with a phone number and his name: Tizón. Delgado and the couple called, but the line went straight to voicemail. So, hoping there might still be time to save the dog, Delgado decided to dial the police for help.
Much to his surprise, he learned that authorities in town were already aware of the situation.
“Turns out, Tizón is very well known by the local police. They said that nearly every day, someone phones them to say that there’s a dog in this spot who is wounded,” Delgado recalled. “The police said that he is just pretending, and that he does this to everybody who passes, so they’ll be tricked into petting him or giving him food.”
Delgado glanced back down at the seemingly dead dog and was in shock: “It was totally against what I seeing — this dog looked dead or very badly injured. For a couple of seconds, I thought I was on 'Candid Camera.'”
But then, as a test, Delgado and the couple stepped away from dog and pretended to ignore him. And sure enough, he sprang back to life.