A puppy’s heartbreaking show of loyalty as it clung to side of its teenage owner after she died in a road accident has inspired people around the world.
Débora Abigail Véliz Reynosa, 17, tragically lost her life when her motorbike collided with a lorry driver on a roundabout in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
The teenager was travelling with her puppy named Boots at the time, who she had adopted just a day before.
Boots was reportedly abused by its former owner and Débora adopted the puppy to give it a better life.
Puppy Boots at the crash site in in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where owner Débora Abigail Véliz Reynosa, 17, tragically lost her life
Débora Abigail Véliz Reynosa, 17, was an animal lover who bought the puppy just a day before the tragic accident
The collision took place as Débora headed home after buying her new dog some clothes and accessories on 20 September.
Boots survived the road accident and was found clinging to Débora’s body when police arrived on the scene.
Officers secured the area and consoled the puppy, which refused to leave Débora’s lifeless body.
According to reports, when she was 12 years old, Débora used to sell empanadas and used the proceeds to help stray dogs in her town.
She was studying criminology at the Centre for Integrated Studies in Quetzaltenango before her untimely passing.
The education centre spoke of their ‘deep pain’ at the young woman’s death.
In a statement, the centre said: ‘We send a prayer for the eternal rest of her soul. May perpetual light shine for her.’
Friends and family said goodbye to Débora at her funeral on September 21.
The victim’s boyfriend Samuel has agreed to adopt Boots and give it the care and love Débora would have wanted
A policeman harnessed Boots to the side of the road after the puppy refused to leave Débora’s side
The local community is calling for justice for the teenager’s death.
The police announced that they carried out a raid on a local property and seized a lorry suspected of being involved in the accident, but the owner is currently missing.
Meanwhile, the police delivered the victim’s puppy to family members.
The victim’s boyfriend Samuel has agreed to adopt Boots and give it the care and love Débora would have wanted.
The investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing.