Joao Augusto was heading into his apartment building in Sao Paulo Brazil, when something 100 feet in the air caught his eye. With little time to react, he quickly put himself in danger to save the life of a neighbor’s dog.
The Shih Tzu named Mel was teetering on the edge of his balcony. Something inside Augusto told him that the little dog was going to fall. He was right. Mel lost his footing and started his deadly fall from the 9th floor.
The fall would definentely kill him, so Augusto stepped in and positioned himself to catch the little dog before he hit the ground. However, the impact would be forceful and could danger the good samaritan. Just like a typical hero, Augusto did not think about himself, he was only concerned with saving the dog.
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Augusto positioned himself perfectly and was able to catch the little dog, just in time. However, the force sent him to the ground and the dog fell through his arms. However, Mel quickly got to his feet and ran off without a scratch.
“I was on the floor for a few seconds but it was from relief. I think that I was in the right place at the right time. I did what I could, the most I could to help. It was a joint effort with the caretaker who acted quickly to help the dog. It was a happy ending,” Augusto tells DailyMail.
Mel’s owner was not home at the time of the incident, but has since installed a mesh protector on the balcony to prevent him from climbing it.
After his heroic act, Augusto’s rescue has gone viral. He is a hero and being praised around the world for his bravery.
Watch the full rescue in the video below.
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