An abused dog left for dead in a canal has been taken in by a firefighter after his colleagues saved it from drowning.
Kindhearted Lloyd Brown, 58, is nursing the poorly pup back to health in between battling blazes.
His colleagues at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue recovered the exhausted six-year-old Rottweiler on Sunday after it was spotted struggling to stay afloat.
Three firefighters were filmed lifting the skeletal dog out of the muddy water, wrapping it in a yellow blanket before placing him onto a stretcher.
When they began looking for someone to look after the pooch, they knew exactly who to call.
Lloyd, from Princeton, South East Florida, US, has been a firefighter with the department for 12 years and run a wildlife refuge for 25 years.
As soon as Lloyd saw the dog, he knew he had his work cut out.
The animal lover, who is also a trained paramedic, said: “He seemed almost comatose. He had no energy to lift his head.
“I didn’t know if he had 24 hours left in him. He was close to death. He was just skin and bones.
“We had to take it really slowly. First thing, we got an IV on him.
“After 12 hours, when it was safe, we gave him some food. Now we are trying to get some weight on him.
“We haven’t been able to take him to the vet yet as he’s not stable enough for the journey.”
Although Lloyd does not know how the hound ended up in the canal, he is certain that he has suffered abuse.
He said: “Unfortunately that canal is where a lot of people dump dogs. He was fortunate that someone saw him and called 911.
“He looks like he has been treated horribly. If he had been living on the street, he would have found something to eat. This is a dog who has been locked up and denied food.
“This condition is beyond neglect, it’s abuse.”
But Lloyd is optimistic about the dog’s future, especially considering all the offers of new homes for him once he is ready to be moved.
He said: “I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in the last few days so I think he’ll be alright but we’ve got a long way to go.
“He’s welcome to stay with me as long as he needs to.
“I have had people from Germany to Oregon calling and messaging me, begging to adopt him.”
For now, the hound will remain nameless.
Lloyd explained: “I traditionally don’t name animals until I know they belong to me. It will be somebody else’s job to name this guy.
“You never know – maybe he’ll end up as a fire station dog.”