A heartbreaking story from Animal News Today. Animal rights activist Janine Guido of Speranza Animal Rescue spotted an exhausted and sickly shelter dog named Watson who had been found by a Good Samaritan in a park a week earlier. The emaciated Pit Bull was all covered in sores, and even had a huge cancerous tumor on his hind leg. Treatment was too late for him, and he was due to cross the rainbow bridge in a matter of hours.

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According to the website Guido, who is a well-known animal lover within the Philadelphia animal rescue community, had a feeling that Watson did not have much time left to live. The woman made the decision to stay beside him. Guido had a gut feeling that things were not going to be good the next day. Thus, she did not want to leave him alone – not when he needed her the most.watson-2

He fell in sleep in her arms, prompting Guido to cry herself to sleep along with the canine. When Guido awoke in the morning, Watson garnered the last of his strength to say goodbye and passed away shortly after doing so.“I’m just so thankful I was able to hold him tight for his last night. I was telling him how much he was loved — and that his life mattered. My heart is breaking, but I would not change a thing,” Guido says tearfully in a statement for Animals News Today.