The sad story of a grieving pit bull in Phoenix, Ariz. is making its way around the web after he remained by his female companion’s side for over 14 hours on the side of the road over the weekend after she had been hit by a car, all the while laying next to her and nuzzling her body.
The female was believed have been the victim of a hit and run that took place at some point on Friday night. Reports indicate that Animal Control was called on Friday, but no one showed up until the following day to pick her up. Food and water were set out for the surviving dog by a nearby business, according to Fox News Phoenix.
Animal Care and Control brought the surviving male to its East Valley facility and believes he had an owner because he was wearing a harness, but no one has come forward to claim him.
The amount of time it took Animal Control to attend to the issue has caused a bit of an uproar.
“I was so outraged I even called the mayor’s office and had posted on Facebook in hopes that the mayor’s office would be bombarded with calls,” said Karyn Aspen, a Chicago resident who has been crusading for the dog since hearing the story.
The dog was expected to be put up for adoption after 72 hours, but according to an update from Aspen, he will be getting pulled by Lost Paws Rescue.
Fox News Phoenix inquired about why it took so long for anyone to get to the dogs and was told by Animal Control that it’s “sadly, kind of standard,” it wasn’t a priority and that the city’s sanitation department was responsible for removing the body.