A dedicated dog is recovering from injuries he sustained while faithfully protecting the body of another canine.
According to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in New Mexico, the stray dog, named Patrick, had multiple bite wounds on his face and body when he was picked up by animal control on Saturday. Nearby, his companion laid lifeless, believed to have been hit by a car.
Patrick had reportedly been there for several days guarding his fallen friend from predators.
"Animal control officers told us he was hurt defending against coyotes, which are common here," shelter staffer Ben Swan told The Dodo. "He's got really extensive injuries, so it's obvious he had a fight."
Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society