ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Humane Society officials are trying to find the owner of a stray dog.
The dog was rescued as he stood guard over his companion, another dog, that had been hit and killed by a car.
A couple of good Samaritans saw the two dogs in a ditch around 3:30 Wednesday near Kirksey Road and Harris Road. When they stopped to check, they realized one of the dogs was dead.
The two called Animal Control, who arrived and found a large gray pit bull that had died after being hit by a car.
"His friend, a red male pit bull, was curled up next to him, staying with him," said Tamara Piercey with Dougherty County Animal Control.
She said the second dog was 2 to 3 years old, and growled a little, but within seconds was friendly.
Piercey mentioned that she has seen this protective friendship in dogs several times.
"If they are traveling together, if they are friends and one of them is hurt or killed, the other one will normally stay with them, and sometimes be very protective of them," Piercey said.
But officers warn people seeing hurt animals to call animal control first, and not approach them alone.
"It's best to report it, and let the authorities come and deal with it. Especially with these larger aggressive dogs. Sometimes they can be dangerous," Piercey said.
Now Humane Society officials are looking for his owner.
The dog had a collar on, but didn't have a tag.
He appeared to be well fed, and they already know he is a loyal dog, who stayed to watch over a friend, even after he was killed.
Anyone that knows who the owner of this dog might be is asked to call the Albany Humane society at (229) 888-7387