Sometimes heroes come in all sizes and ages. Such was the case in Brazil recently when a dog had been hit by a car in the city of Itajaí. The injured dog remained in the road after the driver who struck it drove off.

That was when 11-year-old Jean Fernandes, a brave boy who was passing by at the time saw the incident and made the decision to help the dog and bring it to safety. Jean then ran between the oncoming vehicles to pick up the helpless and hurt dog.

Luckily he was able to get the dog out of the middle of the street without any incidents or injury to himself or the dog. According to Jean's mother, Rubia Liliana Rose, this was not unusual behavior. She stated that her son loves animals and will rescue ones he finds abandoned or abused.

Amazingly, the whole incident was captured by photographer Rafaela Martins. His photos drew praise from netizens after Brazil's News Agency of Animal Rights posted the story to its Facebook page on Monday.

As for the injured dog, she has since been named Honey, or Mel in Portuguese. She is still in the care of vets at a local animal control center but is doing just fine, all thanks to a brave young man named Jean.


Responses to "A young boy runs into traffic to rescue a dog that was hit by a car (Photos - Video)"

  1. child is father to the great man he will become

  2. He is a wise grow man and not a child. His heart tells him to do so and i am glad for him and for his family. They have a treasure. I wish always be strong, healthy and happy.

  3. Unknown says:

    This is how our hearts should beat

  4. Anonymous says:

    A beautiful young boy who will grow up to be a real man.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Voila un geste que certains adultes n oseraient pas poser,ce garcon saura prendre ses responsabilites dans la societe,encore bravo,petit!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you, young man. Bravery and kindness is what it's all about!

  8. Anonymous says:

    there is hope after all!

  9. Anonymous says:

    May his act of kindness and love spread around the world. We need more children's like him.

  10. Unknown says:

    beautiful boy! (and doggie!)

  11. That's brave what he did

  12. Anonymous says:

    doesnt they realise that the dog is a HE not a SHE. it has balls and a dick if you look close at the vid and the photos, ever so sweet though, good on the boy :0

  13. Anonymous says:

    I hope it got some medical help

  14. Unknown says:

    Bravo à ce jeune garçon pour sa bravoure et son amour pour les animaux et je lui souhaite plein de bonnes choses ainsi qu'à sa famille !!! j'espère que ce petit toutou restera longtemps auprès d'eux !!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    That boy is greater than most grown up man. He is beatifull in and outside

  16. Anonymous says:

    tres beau geste de ce petit , C est un homme un vrai et pas un detraque comme on en vois beaucoup

  17. Anonymous says:

    love stories like these! restores my faith in humans that a young boy like this would do such a great thing! he and his family be blessed for this!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful story of at least one person having a heart and care for animals. Completely heartless of the people driving the vehicles to just keep driving by.

  19. Katherine says:

    AM, very well said. Great story of love and respect. The parents of this child must be so proud of him. Honey is a cute name.

  20. Anonymous says:

    My son did that 12 years ago when was 12 years old. He sat down in the middle of the street until the 8 week old puppy came to him. She had a broken skull. We still have her and she is the wonderful. She surprised the vet because her head went back to normal. Her right ear still does not stand up but she has had a wonderful life. She can't hear well now but she still can love us and we love her.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I hope he gets to keep the dog and they become life-long friends. Great job Jean and keep up the good work. Your Higher Power or Spirit Guides will keep you safe.

  22. Anonymous says:

    there is still hope in this world , respect for the boy.

  23. Anonymous says:

    well done. there is an angel after all,well done little fella,a lot of respect to you for what you did,

  24. Unknown says:

    Noticias como estas me alegran el corazón 💜

  25. pilvikki says:

    great job!
    i love happy endings.

  26. Anonymous says:

    what a beautiful soul that young boy is may god bless him Val in P erth W.A

  27. Thanks God it was ok, both the boy and the dog are safe, the dog was too scared to get out of the lane and the boy was quick to save her . It happened the same to my little dog once we were going to the bus stop with our neighbors that visited us it was night already the lamppost had that orange light our dog followed us but we didn't noticed we were talking then all of a sudden he ran into the street was hit by a car and everybody was in shock even the dog was in shock couldn't move my daughter 9 y.o. ran into the dog caught him and brought him safely to the side walk he was in shock with eyes opened we though he died but he was warm one eye was red too . He was alive and ok after we got home he slept quiet the next morning I took him to the vet and asked why he was in that position legs and arms rigid and laying on his back with eyes opened. Then the vet said dogs behave like that when in chock as if they are dead because they are too scared.

  28. Ossie says:

    Very Brave Compassionate Lad who will become an even Bigger Man in the future,bless him.

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