A police dog in Spain is giving new meaning to the term “rescue dog.”
A video of Poncho, a police dog from Madrid, is going viral thanks to the pup’s heroic actions with a human officer during a recent drill, as ABC 33/40 of Birmingham, Ala., reports.
The video posted by Madrid’s police department shows the animal leaping into action after the officer feigns an attack and falls to the ground. By using its weight to repeatedly launch itself onto the man’s chest, Poncho apparently is able to perform the chest compressions involved in CPR.
Though it stops short of offering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, the dog also appears to be monitoring the man’s pulse by resting its head against his neck.
"Heroica" actuación de nuestro #Compañerosde4Patas Poncho, que no dudó ni un instante en "salvar la vida" del agente, practicando la #RCP de una manera magistral.
El perro es el único ser en el mundo que te amará más de lo que se ama a sí mismo- John Billings#Adopta pic.twitter.com/yeoEwPkbRc
— Policía de Madrid (@policiademadrid) June 22, 2018
The video is aimed at encouraging pet adoption, but it also raises an important question: Could your dog save your life?
While Poncho’s CPR training is a rarity, dogs have been credited with rescuing their owners by calling 911. Perhaps it’s time to sign up Fido for a first aid course?
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