Heroic neighbour saves dog from crashing after falling 100 feet

This is the amazing moment a Brazilian man saves the life of his neighbour’s beloved dog, after spotting it falling from a ninth floor balcony. Joao Augusto was about to enter the block of flats in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paolo state, when he saw Mel the Shih Tzu about to go over the railing almost 100ft above him.



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CCTV footage shows Mr Augusto standing next to a parked car with his arms out ready to catch the pet when it comes crashing down. Within seconds, the dog falls into his arms, knocking Mr Augusto over. Despite falling 98ft (30 metres), and slipping through Mr Augusto’s grip, Mel the Shih Tzu can be seen running off without a scratch.



Mr Augusto said he had spotted the dog and screamed to the building’s caretaker to get a sheet or towel to catch the pet in, ‘but there wasn’t enough time’. ‘Then, she fell from the ninth floor. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to catch her but I was aware that I could cushion the fall. ‘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.’



The caretaker of the building, Paulo Narciso, had reportedly opened the gate of the building for Mr Augusto when he came sprinting towards him. Mr Narciso told reporters: ‘We saw that the dog was curled over the railing and was going to fall. I went up to the flat but the owner wasn’t home. ‘When I went back down the cleaning lady told me the dog had fallen and that he had grabbed her.’ Neither Mel nor Mr Augusto were injured in the incident and the dog’s owner, who asked not to be identified, has installed protective netting on the balcony to prevent the incident from happening again.



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