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Man trying to save friend's dog killed by car

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An act of unselfish kindness ended in tragedy last week in O'Fallon, Mo., reported Thursday's New York Daily News.

On Monday afternoon, when 78-year-old Richard Kurtz saw his friend's dog run across a busy highway, he rushed to save him. Kurtz successfully captured the dog, a whippet named "Charlie," and was walking back across the roadway towards home when he, and the dog, were struck by a car.

Kurtz and Charlie were both killed by the impact - the dog was still cradled in the elderly man's arms even after they were hit.

Kurtz's family is mourning their loss - his sister stated:

He was an animal lover and you'd teach your children to never do that but you know, when that happened, he didn't think of himself, he thought of the dog,

Urgent: Friendly, senior 3-legged dog to be killed on Saturday

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