An 11-year-old boy named Jean Fernandes recently risked his life to save a dog that had been run over by a car in the middle of the highway in Itajaí.
Fernandes got out of the car he was travelling in, dodged some cars and rushed to save the pooch from being hit again.
Fernandes mother, Rubia Liliana Rosa, said her son has always been an animal lover and has rescued many other dogs that had been abandoned or abused.
The dog is now called Mel (‘Honey’ in Portuguese) and is cared for in a local veterinary centre.
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