Image of a pit bull that sat in grief beside his dead partner for 14 hours posted to Facebook has drawn sympathetic attention. Animal Control officials say that because the pit bull is so withdrawn in grief they may be unable to find a home to adopt him.
The image shows a female pit bull killed by a car on South 16th Street in Phoenix, and its male partner that refused to abandon her though she was dead. The Daily Mail reports that the male pit bull stayed beside his partner while cars whizzed past them. A local business was moved to put out food and water for the dog.
My Fox Phoenix reports the male dog stayed beside his partner for more than 14 hours before Animal Control officers came and removed the body. According to Animal Control, the pit bull is so depressed that they may be unable to find a home to adopt him.
New York Post reports that the image of the two animals was shared more than 2,000 times over the weekend as users discussed what happened and shared ideas what could be done to help the animal.
According to Rodrigo Silva of Animal Care and Control, "These kinds of cases touch people's hearts."
But some viewers expressed anger. According to Daily Mail, Karyn Aspan said on her Facebook wall: "I am so pissed about this. Animal control responded 14.5 hours later. They are going to look into this and find out why it took them 14.5 hours to get the dogs picked up."
Aspan got in touch with the Mayor of Phoenix's office after she saw the photo and she is rallying support for the animal to find a home.
My Fox Phoenix reports Animal Control said it was the Sanitation Department that delayed in picking up the dogs. Silva said, however, that the dog is recovering slowly. He said: "He's a little withdrawn and he appears to be very sad. I am not certain we will be placing him up for adoption." Silva 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."
Silva said the dog may have an owner because it was wearing a harness when it was found. But so far no one has come forward to claim the dog.