Alfeiya the dog was lying injured in a schoolyard in Bulgaria when students began pelting her with rocks.
That's when 16-year-old Anita Valkova knew she had to step in.
"A group of kids were throwing stones at her and when I saw this little pooch all covered in blood, I knew I had to take action," Valkova wrote in a post on Reddit.
Even though she was scared of dogs, Valkova knew she couldn't leave Alfeiya to suffer, and so she swallowed her fear and stepped up to help.
Valkova's family was skeptical and didn't think she should get involved, but she knew she had to try. She waited in the cold by Alfeiya's side for two hours before her dad arrived.
Because of the dog's condition, her dad didn't want her getting in the car, and so with the help of a friend, Valkova carried Alfeiya to the vet to get the help she so desperately needed.
Once at the vet, Alfeiya was cleaned, fed and given antibiotics for her wounds. She was suffering from demodectic mange, but otherwise, she seemed OK.
The next day, Valkova's mother came to see the dog, and with the help of the vets, Valkova was able to convince her to welcome Alfeiya into their family.