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Man In The Right Place At The Right Time Saves Dog That Fell 100 Feet From Balcony


Man’s best friend is always getting into trouble. Sometimes it’s eating shoes that don’t belong to them. Sometimes it’s pretending they didn’t spool out toilet paper through the entire house. Sometimes it’s falling off a 100-foot. balcony. While dogs don’t have nine lives, they certainly can get second chances when they find themselves in trouble.

Mel The Shih Tzu

Mel, the Shih Tzu, is from Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paolo is the dog who cut things too close and found herself in distress. She wondered over to her owner’s balcony and fell 100 foot which would have been to her death. The whole incident, including her rescue, was captured on CCTV.

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Who was her gallant stranger? Joao Augusto. He was entering the building where the owner lived and noticed Mel was about to fall off the balcony.

Saving Mel

Augusto was not frozen in the moment of crisis. Instead, he knew there wasn’t enough time to do anything but intervene. He shouted for her owner to give him a sheet so that he had a better chance of saving her as he whipped into quick action.

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“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.

Mel’s Future

Even without the sheet, he did his best to grab the Shih Tzu in the air. Recalling the incident, August 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.”

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Mel’s owner, who requested to not be identified, has installed mesh netting on the balcony to prevent any future incidents. Most importantly, Mel wasn’t harmed and can go on to cause more kinds of trouble in the future.

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