BRIDGEPORT - A homeless Bridgeport man must choose between dying in peace or giving up the faithful dog he says once saved his life.

Benji Cardona, 57, was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and not given long to live. If he accepts an offer for emergency public housing, he’ll have to surrender his 3-year-old pit bull Nena.

Cardona says he made a vow to be a loyal master to Nena after the dog physically stopped him from committing suicide.

“I was ready to blow my brains out … I had a gun to my head ready to pull the trigger,” he says. “The dog just came up and started licking me and when she started licking me I started petting her.”

A nonprofit group is working with Cardona to find a place that will take him and his dog, but the group says it does not look promising.