A woman and her child will be forever grateful to a stray pit bull.
Back in January, a woman named Angela and her two-year-old son were playing on a playground in Port Charlotte, Florida. As the two were leaving the park and entering the playground, a man with a knife attempted to attack the mother and child.
It was then that a stray pit bull that had been running around the park came to the family’s rescue.
The sixty-five pound pit bull charged at the knife-wielding man and scared him off.
Shaken, Angela jumped in her car with her son. Still shaken from the incident, she was even more surprised to see that the pit bull had followed her into her backseat. The courageous pit bull who had scared off her potential attacker had wanted to go home with her too.
Angela named the stray dog “Angel” because she believes it is her guardian angel. She plans to adopt the dog if no one comes forward to claim it.
As Angela told told NBC2 News in an interview about the incident:
I don’t know what his [the thief’s] intentions were — I don’t know why he did it, but I’m glad that — we call him Angel — I’m glad that Angel showed up because I don’t know what would have happened.
In response to the behavior of the stray pit bull towards the would-be attacker, Animal Control Lt. Brian Jones stated:
I don’t think the dog physically attacked the man, but he went at him and was showing signs of aggression, just baring his teeth and growling and barking. It was clear he was trying to defend this woman.
Why the dog chose to protect Angela and her young son may never be known. However, despite other stories about pit bulls attacking people, heart-warming stories like these go to show that pit bulls as a breed are loving, protective animals.
Do you think that more stories like this one about a stray pit bull saving a woman and her child will help bring back pit bulls into a positive light?