Dog waits with injured pal on D.C. street

WASHINGTON — While dogs are known to be man’s best friend, sometimes they’re a dog’s best friend too.

The Washington Humane Society has named this dog Barbie while they wait for someone to claim her and Ken, whom Barbie protected as he lay injured on the side of Firth Sterling Avenue NE. (Washington Humane Society)
The Washington Humane Society has named this dog Barbie while they wait for someone to claim her and Ken, whom Barbie protected as he lay injured on the side of Firth Sterling Avenue NE. (Washington Humane Society)

That’s especially the case for two dogs found in Southeast D.C. Wednesday morning on Firth Sterling Avenue. One dog was injured and lying partially in the roadway. The other dog, uninjured, refused to leave its friend’s side.

The pair was discovered when a driver called the WTOP Traffic Center to report the unusual road block.

Traffic reporter Reada Kessler then put in a call to Tyrone with DDOT’s Road Operation Patrol. He found the dogs and used his work truck to block traffic until the Washington Humane Society could respond.

Scott Giacoppo, vice president of external affairs at the Washington Humane Society, says the injured dog appears to have been hit by a car. While it has an injured back leg, it’s not life-threatening.

Both dogs were friendly and wore collars, but had no tags or microchips.

The dogs believed to be Perro de Presa Canario mixes, which look similar to mastiffs, are being treated by a veterinarian. Both dogs are up for adoption.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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