The Man Who Helped the Loyal Lab Ended Up Adopting Her

Grace is going to a new home.

A good Samaritan who protected a of a dog that had been killed by a hit-and-run driver on a busy La Puente street is expected to today.

The black Labrador -- named Grace by workers at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center -- will be spayed and then released to the man who saw her standing guard on a busy La Puente street last week, said Evelina Villa of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

The man, whose name has not been released, spotted the dog on Hacienda Boulevard and placed traffic cones on the street around it and the fatally injured yellow Labrador. He called animal control workers, then took photos and video.  

The black Labrador had no identification tag and no microchip to identify its owner. As of today, it had not been claimed.

Animal control workers retrieved the dead dog and the black Labrador, then circulated the photos and video to news media, and the story garnered international attention.

"She's a rock star," Aaron Reyes, also of the county Department of Animal Care and Control, said in broadcast interviews this morning. "You know what I think makes her so famous is just her display of compassion and loyalty. She sat there with her buddy..."

Villa said that if the good Samaritan somehow ended up not adopting Grace, there are five other people who have indicated they want to do so. She also noted that Grace is not the only animal that needs a home.

"We want to emphasize that our animal-care centers have a wonderful selection of pets available for adoption," Villa said.

j mann April 16, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I hope this wonderful man who helped Grace has another dog for Grace to bond with. It will be important for her as she goes to her new home and hopefully much happier life. The people who "owned" these poor dogs should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and we can only hope they will get theirs one day. Bless the good samaritan. AND YES it takes this kind of story to get people to come out to save an animal and yet there are so many just as loyal and sweet and special waiting to be adopted before they are put to death. PEOPLE SPAY AND NEUTER it is now the law!!!
Maria Weiss April 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
What a sweetheart. I hope this loyal and exquisite animal finds peace in a good home while she mourns her companion. We take our canine companions far too much for granted and don't always realize just how sensitive and compassionate they truly are. I hate to think of my two furry daughters ever to have to suffer such a mortal and fatal separation. Thanks for Saving Grace and others like her!
Rod Kavanagh April 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
FYI - "Grace" is actually "Maggie" and her real owners have come forward. They've got some 'splaining to do, but should be taking her home today.
Rita April 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I applaude the man who had the compassion to stop and put the cones out and contact animal control. I did hear also that "Grace" is actually "Maggie" when her owners stepped forward to claim her. This happened right before the man who saved her was able to adopt her. The owners claim the other dog who had been fatally wounded was not theirs and they did not know this dog. I sure would like to hear their side of the story on why "Maggie" was in this dangerous situation running the streets with no collar or tags and no microchip. I know the good samaritan was concerned about this and is worried this could happen again. I hope this sad story has put enlightment for people to realize the responsibility needed to be taken for all pets. They do not have a voice. Please make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags AND is microchipped.


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