A pitbull dog picked up by PAWS has been put up for adoption at the Fort Walton Beach shelter after owner was never found.

FORT WALTON BEACH — The compassionate dog who stayed by the side of a deceased dog in a ditch north of Baker for four days last week has been put up for adoption.

Mamoha, as he is called by employees at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, has spent the past week being cared for at the animal shelter in Laurel Hill, specifically by senior animal control officer Andi Warren.

Warren was the responding officer who picked up Mamoha at the scene. She took Mamoha to the PAWS shelter in Fort Walton Beach on Wednesday.

“He’s been quite protective of me,” Warren said. “He had to be taken to have a heartworm check and have his hips looked at. I hated leaving him in Fort Walton, but he has a lot more room.”

The yellowish gold-eyed, brindle-colored canine quickly gained the affection every PAWS employee at the shelter, including kennel supervisor Tracy Saylor.

“He’s super awesome,” Saylor said. “I love him.”

Saylor said if she had to guess by the look of his teeth, Mamoha is 5 or 6 years old.

Mamoha, a cane corso and pit bull mix, had a meet-and-greet with possible new owners Wednesday afternoon. Despite not being able to adopt the dog, a couple offered to help with Mamoha in any way they can.

“He was a little too much for them,” Warren said. “He’s a big dog, but they want to fund his hip treatment and his transport to wherever he is adopted.”

The cause of Mamoha’s hip problems is unknown, but despite the issues he walks with no problems.

Mamoha will remain at PAWS until he is adopted.

The shelter said there is one other couple interested in the sweet but shy canine. The couple lives out of town and has not officially asked to adopt Mamoha, so the dog remains open for adoption by anyone.