In footage filmed on Monday on Crete, a stray dog stood guard by his fallen friend in the middle of the road.
The footage, shot by a female driver in Heraklion, shows the animal standing by his friend and not allowing anyone to come close. He is protecting him from passing vehicles.
Watch the video here:
Συγκλονίζει η ιστορία δύο σκυλιών ,απόψε, στο Ηράκλειο
Το ένα έχασε τη ζωή του από αυτοκίνητο που το χτύπησε και το άλλο αρνείται να το εγκαταλείψει και εμποδίζει όποιον θέλει να πλησιάσει το φίλο του.😥😥😥 pic.twitter.com/GrS6KICFn8
— Marka2 (@Marka2_) January 23, 2023
“I am trying to approach, but his friend is not letting me,” the woman driver says in the footage. “I cannot offer any help,” the driver says in despair.
Greece has a yearly problem of stray cats and dogs. The country has one of the world’s largest stray feline and canine populations. The issue became ever more acute during the country’s prolonged debt crisis.
Animal rights activists estimate that Athens may have as many as two million stray cats and dogs. Management of such animals is the responsibility of local municipalities.