'They had been out there for four days, so I knew he had to be hungry and thirsty. It took me about 15 minutes to get him on a leash.'

BAKER — Dogs are often considered to be man’s best friend, but last week it was all about the friendship between animals.

July 11, PAWS received a call regarding a dead pit bull in a ditch on Yellow River Baptist Church Rd. The animal was not alone. A light-colored, brindle, cane corso and pit bull mix was sitting by the dog who had been killed.

According to PAWS senior animal control officer, Andi Warren, an officer responded but was unable to locate the animals on the long road. Warren said she received another call on Monday, so she went to meet the caller at the dogs' location.

“The dog by the ditch was very skinny and had the most beautiful eyes,” Warren said. “He kept looking at me and then looking at the ditch like, 'I don’t want you near me or him.' "

Warren said the dog that was lying in the ditch had some road burns which could indicate that the animal was struck by a vehicle. She couldn’t do anything with the deceased animal until she earned the trust of his faithful companion.

“They had been out there for four days, so I knew he had to be hungry and thirsty,” Warren said. “It took me about 15 minutes to get him on a leash.”

Warren said as she was taking the dog to the van, he kept looking back at the ditch where his friend was lying.

“For a little while when he first arrived at the shelter, he just howled and howled,” Warren said. “It was so sad.”

It didn’t take very long for him to become friends with all of the animals at the Laurel Hill shelter.

“He turned out to be the sweetest dog,” Warren said. “He loves the puppies and other dogs and he likes to lick the cats.”

The dog had no name tag, so they decided to name him Mamoha, after the actor Jason Momoa. Warren said the two have very similar eyes.

As of July 18, Warren said an owner hasn’t shown up to claim Mamoha, but they have put his picture on their website.