Loyal dog protects his unconscious owner from first responders

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 21, 2018
10:38 A.M.
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Jesús Heuche was working outside a home in Bahia Blanca, Argentina when he had a terrible accident. He fell from a great height and became unconscious.


When he came to, his loyal companion was lying on top of him. The dog refused to move even when paramedics arrived to assist.

Jesús Heuche, then-28, lost consciousness when he fell while pruning a tree. His dog, Tony ended up “protected” him as he lay on the ground.

Heuche’s fall was quite bad as he fell on asphalt. He was working outside a home when he lost his balance and fell nearly 7 feet to the ground.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The gardener fell head first, which was what caused him to be unconscious.

Luckily, Heuche eventually came to, but when he did he felt a heavy weight on top of him. His dog Tony was lying on his body.

Tony wouldn’t leave his owner’s side and kept people from getting to close to him. The dog was so protective that it wouldn’t let emergency responders help.

At the time, Heuche told reporters:

“He thought they wanted to do something [bad] to me.”


The sweet image of Tony protecting Heuche quickly went viral on social media platforms. Even when the owner was given a neck brace, the loyal pet stayed put.

The gardener recalled that,

“I woke up because I had my son, the dog, on top of me.”

The dog eventually relented and allowed its owner to be moved by ambulance staff. However, Tony stayed close by even when Heuche was lifted into the ambulance.


Fortunately, Heuche only suffered mild skull trauma. The Argentinean Def Civil B. Blanca posted a number of the pictures of the incident on their Facebook page and they wrote:

“At 06:07 p.m, a person who was pruning a tree in Balboa Street 2473 fell from it from a height of about 2 meters. The 28-year-old worker suffered slight head trauma, so he was transported by ambulance personnel with the SIEMPRE service. The entire time, the injured [man] was accompanied by his pet TONY. Police and Civil Defense personnel were present.”

Some images showed how responders tried to stay clear of the protective pet that Heuche found on the streets years back.


In a similar story, a service dog named S'mores got between his owner and a lioness at the Cincinnati Zoo. They loyal dog barked at the fierce animal to keep it away but luckily there was a glass partition in between them.

S'mores was visiting the zoo with his owner, Kylee-Rhiannon Fulk. She tried to tell the dog that it was safe while laughing at its overprotectiveness.

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