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Hero dog loses forever home

Posted: 2:49 PM, Jan 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-13 17:53:19-05

A dog helped save his new owner's life but his heroics has left him homeless.

Dose, an 8-year-old Pitbull/Retriever mix, is back at the Citrus County Animal Shelter in Inverness.

Dose spent almost a year at the shelter, often overlooked because of his older age.

Six weeks ago, a man adopted Dose and took him home.

That same day, Dose's new owner suffered a heart attack and collapsed.

Dose ended up licking the man's face until he regained consciousness and called 911.

"He was there for someone who needed him," said Marti Little, an animal advocate who helps care for Dose.

Before paramedics arrived, the man penned a note, telling them how Dose saved his life.  However, the man can no longer care for Dose and he is back at the shelter, once again looking for a forever home.

"We are just really looking for a home for him.  He really deserves it," Little said.

Dose is very mild-mannered and loves to give licks.

"It is sad that things didn't work out for him but I think there is somebody special out there for him who deserves a special dog," Little said.

Little could not bear seeing Dose locked back in a cage so she found him a temporary foster home.

If you are interested in adopting Dose, you should contact  The Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) at 352.302.2664.