While entering the apartment complex that Mel lived in, Joao Augusto noticed that the pooch was about to fall from the balcony, and not wanting to stand by and watch his neighbor’s beloved pooch have a such a dramatic and painful death, he immediately intervened.
He shouted for a caretaker to get him a sheet to increase his chances of catching her, “but there wasn’t enough time”, the Daily Mail reported.
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,” Augusto said.
Recalling the aftermath of the dramatic incident, which no doubt left Mel’s heart racing, Augusto said: “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 the most I could to help. It was a happy ending.”
Mel’s owner, who has requested not to be identified, has now installed mesh netting on their balcony to prevent a similar incident from occurring again. But, most importantly, Mel was completely unharmed as a result of the incident.
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