In Phoenix, Arizona a picture being passed around on Facebook of two pitbulls are causing a stir among animal lovers.
The picture is of two pit bulls laying side by side. One of them is believed to have been hit by a car on May 18, 2012. While laying dead on the side of the road, the other pit bull refused to leave her side for nearly 14 hours until the city came to remove the body on Saturday morning.
Since the pitbull wouldn’t leave his companion’s side and the animal shelter was taking such a long time to respond; a local business set out food and water.
The heartbreaking picture of the two pit bulls has been shared over 200 times on Facebook.
The story made one Facebook user in Chicago so upset, she even tried to contact the mayor in Phoenix, AZ, according to Fox10 News. Karyn Aspan told Fox10 News by phone, “I was really upset.” She learned about the story from a friend who lives in Phoeniz. Her major concern was that the two dogs were left by the side of the street for 14 hours. They deserve better, she says. “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.”
Rodrigo Silva of Animal Care and Control says, “We picked up this other dog and took him to our east valley shelter where he will stay until the 23rd. Right now it doesn’t look like he has any behavioral or health problems. He is doing well. He’s a little withdrawn and he appears to be very sad.” He added, “If he continues to show these signs of withdrawal we will place him in a recovery home that can help him with his grieving. I am not certain we will be placing him up for adoption.”
Local animal control believes the surviving dog has an owner because of its blue harness. But no one has come forward to claim him. If no one comes to claim him, he’ll be up for adoption at the county animal shelter, East Valley Animal Control, in 72 hours.