A dog was found covered in cuts and bites all over his body for trying to protect the body of another dog who had got hit by a car.

Santa Fe Animal Control officers said they believed the 2-year-old pup got his wounds while protecting his dead friend’s body from being attacked by other animals such as coyotes.

“We aren’t sure how long he was standing there with his buddy, but we thought it was pretty sad,” said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

“It was pretty clear he was determined not to leave the side of his friend,” Viechec said.

The dog, now named Patrick, had surgery the next day and is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for adoption next month.

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