Brave Brazilian boy stops traffic to rescue injured dog

On Friday in Itajaí, Brazil, a dog named Mel bolted through the gate of his home and ran onto the street.

A car struck the dog, then drove off, leaving Mel injured on the road.

His young owner, 11-year-old Jean Fernandes, darted between oncoming vehicles to get to his dog. He picked up Mel and brought him to safety.

The incident was caught on camera by photographer Rafaela Martins.

"He managed to escape through the gate and I ran after him. By the time I saw him hit he was in the middle of the street. I took him in my arms and brought him home," Jean told Guarda-Sol, according to a translation by DogHeirs.

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Jean's mother, Rubia Liliana Rose, said that all three of her children love animals. Jean often rescues abandoned animals and the boy has quickly became Mel's favourite owner.

"We like to play ball together. But he's not playing now because he's still in pain," said Jean.

Mel, which means "honey" in Portuguese, is receiving medical attention for his injured leg — he's still limping, but is otherwise doing well — and is currently spending plenty of quality time with his hero, Jean.

Watch Brazilian news coverage of Jean and Mel's story here.

(Photo from Anda Agência de Notícias Facebook page)