Grieving Pitbull Refused To Leave Dead Companion's Side

In a beautiful picture of true commitment, a grieving male pit bull stayed by the side of his dead partner for 14 hours over the weekend after his female pit bull companion was struck and killed by a car.

Following the sad ordeal, which took place on Friday in Phoenix, Arizona, an image of the two animals was posted on Facebook and users urged one another to find what could be done to get the broken-hearted pit the help he needed.

Yahoo! reports that as of now, the male dog is grieving in a pen at local animal shelter and it is not clear what will become of him.

Even though the male pitt bull was wearing a harness when he was picked up, he did not have an owner tag and no one has come forward to claim him, according to Daily Mail.

The paper adds that the dog’s emotional state is worrisome for the people caring for him, and there are no current plans to put him up for adoption because of it.

“He’s a little withdrawn and he appears to be very sad,” Rodrigo Silva of Aanimal Care and Control in Phoenix said. “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.”

While most web users that heard the news of the heartbroken pit were moved to tears, Karyn Aspan, a Facebook user from Chicago, said that the story of the dog instead made her angry.

“I am so pissed about this,” Aspan is quoted as saying by the NY Post. “Animal control responded 14.5 hours later. 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.”

Fox News Phoenix has more on the sad story of the grieving pit bull in the video below:

VIDEO Dog Mourns Loss Of Dead Companion

Responses to "Grieving Pit Bull Stays with Dead Mate for 14 Hours (Video)"

  1. Unknown says:

    Animals have feelings & what abt the owners???? If you cant keep your pets safe you shouldnt have a pet.
    This male pitt needs help by a understanding trainer to help him move thru his grief. Putting him down is NOT the right thing :-(

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  3. shirley Mcknight says:

    This is a sad, sad story!! Pitbulls do get a bad rap!! I have known one & She was the sweetest!!! They happen to not get along with other dogs, but they are truly sweet!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    If they "do not get along with other dogs" then what is this picture about??! Please do not perpetuate myths untruths regardless of your intetions!

  5. Anonymous says:

    My God... put him down??? This is really not a solution. Nobody would put down a human, because of grief. We would try to help him get over it. And this is what people have to do here! Dogs are very sensitive and t5hey feel a lot. And they will also feel when there is someone who signalizes him, hey... I know you are so sad... but, Buddy, there is a life ahead! Let's go and see what it has for us! Your mate will always be in your heart.

  6. Anonymous says:

    he will grieve for a long time. I lost my male boxer 2 cancer will be 2 yrs in dec. My female mourned him for a very long time.. I know she still looks for him by going 2 certain spots where he laid and favorite spots outside. It takes a very long time for them but they do come around. They are like people they remember things very much so..Its sad that he is not in his own surroundings. He would adjust better. they will have 2 take time with him.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why did it take animal control 14.5 hrs. to respond????????????????

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is piercing through my heart. So terribly sad. One to leave them alone for 14 1/2 hours. Two I hope that in time he will heal. He is worth saving. He needa some one to spend a lot of time with him. He is a caring pit. Please help him.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Did I miss the commenting him to be PTS? I didn't see one...all I saw is that he won't be adoptable now and maybe not at all but I get that he will be taken care of and loved by some very caring people.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can just imagine how they treated him on the scene...probably put a leash around his neck and dragged him off....

  11. Anonymous says:

    I recently was charged in a court of law for the offense of dog at large!! We have a leash law in the city where I live and he was just a pup at the time he was getting out of the house! I have 3 children and they are bad about not closing the door properly and he would get loose, as soon as we realized that he wasn't in the house we would always go retrieve him! He is not a vicious dog bc we raised him right and taught him good! My neighbor who is a quite elderly man has a grandson that stays with him a lot instead of contacting me about my dog he called the law and made false accusations about the dog just because he was a pit!!! His grandson has been over to the house on numerous occasions and played with the dog, but yet he told police that my dog chased his grandson in the house. I'm sorry but I don't know of any child that could outrun a dog like that. If he was chasing him he would have caught him! I ask him during our trial along with the officer who filed the complaint, how many times had either of them came to me and gave me the opportunity to fix whatever the problem was, the man stated that he thought that it was the appropriate thing to do by calling the law instead of talking to me like 2 grown adults! I forgot to mention that I have been neighbors with this man for 30 yrs. I lived next door to him for 25 yrs then I purchased a house across the street from him and have been there for 5 yrs. I am now 30 yrs. old so u do the math!!! He thought it was better to call the law on a young ladies dog whom he has known all her life not to mention the fact that the dog belongs to my 3 children!! Needless to say our court system sucks bc I pleaded NOT GUILTY and plead my case to the judge and told him that at the time of the incidents that I had a male roommate that was an adult who was the owner of the dog up until the time that he moved out and that he was the person responsible for the dog not me, but bc it was my house and my property that the dog was on the judge stated that it was my responsibility to make sure that the dog didn't get loose. I told the judge that I am a very responsible adult and that anytime that I was at home with the dog that he never got out and that I made sure of it,on the occasion if he did get out I immediately would retrieve him. I also told the judge that the reason that the man told police that it was my dog and the summons was sent in my name was bc he didn't know the name of the gentleman that lived with me at the time! Had he known the name of the gentleman I am sure he would have filed the complaint on him, but to keep him from looking bad and not knowing the names of his neighbors he used my name. Either way I am just letting off a bunch of stem I guess!! LOL To put a end to this story the judge found me guilty and fined me 100 dollars plus 271 dollars court cost just for my dog being loose!!! I could understand if he had caused bodily harm to his grandson or to him or even damaged his property, but none of these happened!! There are all kinds of dogs in my neighborhood that run loose all the time but I am the only one with a pit so I am the only one that the law applies to apparently because I own a gorgeous CKC registered BLUE GATORMOUTH PIT!!!!!! My moms teacup apple head Chihuahua is more likely to bite someone than my pit is!!! It is just so sad the label that they have bc of stupid people!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I hope someone takes him and loves him. Do not get alone with other dogs. Who is this person. you see them with other dogs and if treat right they are bigger baby than a small dog.

  13. Anonymous says:

    May the moron who hit the dog ...and kept on going...suffer the same fate with a family member close to his/her heart..

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  15. Unknown says:

    OMG!!!!! This breaks my heart, I really hope the A**hole who hit that dog comes to understand the pain that was caused by their careless. action or should I say in-action... I have worked and I have owned Pitts they are wonderful dogs and I really hope that her mate finds someone to really love him and show him all the love and understanding that he will need... my prayers are with try h you buddy...

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is sad yet heart warming. To see such devotion many humans should learn from this instead of killings this breed or fighting them. They have so much love. I am a Rottie owner but the pits have always had a spot in my heart. Be brave little boy hopefully someone will adopt you that has a good heart.
    Donna of Somerdale, NJ

  17. Sharon Boyce says:

    Give him a girl puppy-with supervision at first.

  18. Unknown says:

    She isn't in Arizona anymore, I believe she is in Louisiana now. However she may make the trip to retrieve him.

  19. Anonymous says:

    How did the female get moved off of the road - why did it take animal control over 14hrs to respond

  20. Anonymous says:

    Did you happen to find her?

  21. Anonymous says:

    And people say that animals don't have feelings. This poor boy watched his mate die, then stayed with her. Now tell me that animals don't feel. . . Poor baby, I hope in time, you find love again.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Why didn't any of those drivers stop and help the dog? Have we gotten so insensitive to others needs that we don't see when animals/people are in need? Pits, Rotties, Dobeis, Shepards all get bad raps and they are the ones that most sensitive. All animals have feelings and it pains me to see this poor soul grieving for his mate. Hopefully, someone will adopt/foster him to start the healing process. And why wasn't he chipped? That would've helped in finding his owner.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Tia who has Pit Bull rescue is in Louiesiana, not Ar. If who ever moved the dog, put water bowl by it etc.? why did they not bring the dogs to the vet or somewhere else. I don't get it. 'they' know they were there for 14 hours and did nothing? that makes me sick.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Some times things are posted that are not actual fact. Surprising?? It is to get more hits and a conversation going. 14.5 hours, I don't believe it. Who in their right mind would knowingly let that happen before doing some thing? Does this story sound a little off to any one? Yes they have feelings but I think this is a response catcher, can only hope.

  25. Anonymous says:

    please some one take this poor baby into a loving family,he needs your love,

  26. Anonymous says:

    There was no mention of putting this pitbull down. They stated that due to his current state they are unsure about putting him up for adoption, but are debating putting him in a foster home. This is a truly sad thing to see; one animal lost its life and the other lost its companion. I also have a sense of anger however, because it is ridiculous that it took so long for the dog to be taken to the animal center. I don't understand why people think that pitbulls are terrible dogs; they are quite loving and amazing. It's not the animal that is bad, it's the way they are labeled and raised. If given a good home and loving owner they are amazing pets. However, if put into a bad environment they are raised reflecting that, similar to what some humans do.

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