Alice Woodruff rescued Layla, whom Woodruff describes as “an aggressive” pit bull that has to be kept on an 800-pound tow chain, twice. She first rescued the pit bull by adopting her, and then had to rescue her again after Woodruff found a man attacking the dog. The man had, in fact, sexually assaulted the pit bull.
At first, Woodruff believed it was pit bull Layla who was doing the attacking, and not the other way around.
“I thought my dog had killed somebody, because I saw a man underneath her,” said Woodruff. “I started to scream.”
But it quickly became apparent that it was the man who was attacking the pit bull, committing rape on the poor animal.
“I had a citronella candle and I threw it at him, screaming, ‘Get off my dog, you have to get out of here!'” Woodruff said. “He said ‘No! Today is the day we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.'”
Woodruff retreated into her home to get a gun in order to protect her pit bull, who had surprisingly not attacked the man. And, fortunately for the man, Woodruff has a background in mental health, which may have kept her from outright shooting him. She said that as she stood there, next to a pile of clothes belonging to the man, she felt the danger, but also compassion.
“I knew he needed help, and I knew there was something going on,” said Woodruff in an interview with WTNH.
“He pranced through the yard naked, yelling ‘this is our day and you have to prosper in it,'” said Woodruff. “‘ISIS sent me,’ and I was thinking ‘did something like this just land in my back yard?’ I ran in, got my gun out of the bedroom, and realized as usual the ammunition is in my car locked in my glove box. I showed him the clip went in, but I always kept the gun at my side while I was talking to him. He kept saying this is the plan, that we were going to die today in a massacre. He didn’t seem to care that I had the gun, and I kept it down. Then I gave him a warning and shot the gun to the right into the dirt.”
But even after Woodruff fired a warning shot, the naked man who had sexually assaulted her pit bull stayed. In fact, according to Woodruff, the man put his arms out toward her and began to walk to her, asking her to kill him.
But Woodruff believed that, if she killed him, they both would die.
“Honestly, the whole time I thought there was a bomb or gun and he was going to take it out and do a massacre,” she said.
Woodruff was able to detain the man until police arrived and took the man under custody. His name has not yet been released, but it is known that the suspect is a 22-year-old male who lives nearby Woodruff in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is currently under a psychiatric hold, but once released, will be charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, cruelty to animals, and second degree breach of peace.
Sickeningly enough, this is not the first time a pit bull has been sexually assaulted. For more on that, click here.
There is no word on how Layla is fairing at this time.
[Image via Republican American and is an actual photo of Layla, before the assault]