COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A bicyclist who rescued a stray dog hit by a car in Columbus is receiving the Compassionate Action Award from PETA, which stands for people for the ethical treatment of animals.
On the evening of July 10, Jarrett Little was on a group cycling ride on South Lumpkin Road when a dog with road rash and a broken leg came out of the woods and approached the group.
After giving the animal food and water, Little scooped him up onto his back.
With the dog's arms around Little's neck and his back feet in Little's shirt pockets, the two rode more than seven miles into town.
Once in town, the dog, now named Columbo, took matters into his own hands. He made a beeline for a woman on the street who noticed at once that he was hurt—and she immediately decided to adopt him.
Andrea Shaw arranged for him to receive veterinary care and enlisted a transportation service to take him to her home in Maine.
"Jarrett Little put the pedal to the metal to bring this special dog to safety, and the story couldn't have had a happier ending," says PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien. "PETA hopes his actions will remind everyone that when an animal is in trouble, it's up to all of us to step in and help."
To follow Columbo's journey click here.