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Posted: July 23, 2014

Must-see: Viral photo shows dog guarding its dying companion

By Craig Lucie

WSB-TV – Atlanta

ATLANTA —

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A picture of a dog standing over its injured companion has gone viral – and now the dog needs a new home.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia man Michael Mason was leaving church when he said he noticed a dog standing on the side of the road. As he looked closer, he said he saw the dog standing over its injured companion. Mason turned back around, snapped one picture and shared it with a friend asking for help. He posted it online and it took off.

“The look on his face. ‘Can someone help me?’ He was watching over him like a guard dog,” Mason said.

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The picture made even more rounds online after "The Walking Dead" actress Kylie Szymanski posted it on her Facebook fan page.

“I never thought it would happen to me (going viral). I wasn’t thinking about it. I was thinking about the dog,” Mason said.

The dog, now named Herman, is at Fulton County Animal Services and he needs a new home. A vet was unable to save Herman’s companion.

“We are grateful someone stopped and cared enough to take a picture and share it to demonstrate the power of a dog's love. And this sweet animal didn’t leave his friend when she was injured,” said Cicley Gay with LifeLine Animal Project, a metro Atlanta shelter that works closely with Fulton County Animal Services.

“They do feel that companionship and when somebody is gone they miss them,” explained Kerry Moyers-Horton, a staff member with Fulton County Animal Services.

WSB-TV reporter Craig Lucie got to know Herman and he says he is a smart and kind Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Herman quickly figured out how to open the back fences at animal control.

He asked Mason if he would consider adopting Herman, and Mason said he would if his wife would let him.

Animal services officials said considering how friendly Herman acts around people, he must have come from someone's home. He is up for adoption, so if you are interested, contact Fulton County Animal Services.

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