A pit bull risked his life to save a woman from an attacker in Baldwin, Georgia.
The pit bull, a 75-pound stray, jumped in front of the woman, leaving himself vulnerable to the knife-wielding attacker, according to DailyMail.
Though he was successful in separating the woman from the attacker, the dog was stabbed five times in the July 22 incident and left for dead.
The dog, who was a stray at the time of the attack, had no connection to either person involved.
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Police officer Timothy Clay responded to the domestic dispute call for help, and told reporters later that he couldn’t abandon the dog.
‘The dog then lunged toward the male and the male came out with the knife and stabbed the dog several times.’
“I don’t think we could have let that dog suffer and die. We felt like we needed to get that dog some help after what it had been through.”
The dog, dubbed Hero by the officers, was taken to a veterinary care center, where he received treatment for his wounds. One of the officers’ wives began a fundraising page for the dog to help pay for his treatment, Pix11 said.
Hero nearly died during the surgery, but is now on his way to a complete recovery.
Carla Welch with Fighting for The Bullys Pit Bull Rescue in Knoxville, Tennessee, said that her group heard of the dog’s feat through Facebook and decided to raise money to help with the over $1,000 worth of vet bills.
“He has had a really rough life. He has had a bum back leg and a bum front leg, but he gets around fine, and he’s looking for a good friend.’
The group searches shelters all along the east coast, helping in the effort to relocate pit bulls and bulldog-type dogs.
According to WBIR.com, Welch said he is “starting to adjust to being around the other dogs and has a sweet disposition.”
“He’s very laid back, very sweet. He likes to talk to you. He’s going to make somebody a great companion.”
Welch added that Hero will be available for adoption in about a week. But his wounds have to heal first.
“Hero will get his second chance. He will get a fantastic family, and he will finally get his happily ever after.”
According to Real Pit Bull, Hero’s actions are not uncharacteristic of the pit bull breed’s tendencies.
“Known for its sound character, strong nerve, and great intelligence, the breed makes an ideal companion for households with children, while remaining strong and vigilant enough to protect its loved ones if need be. It is never necessary to embark on guard or attack training with this breed, as they are naturally attuned to their environment and intuitive about real threats.”
“Because the Pit Bull is such a people-friendly breed, they make poor guards of property. Many members of the breed will allow strangers to enter the home or yard without a fuss, whether the guardian is present or not. When it comes to physical harm to his person, the breed is credited with having exceptional judgment and will react only to real threats.”
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The site admits that pit bulls can be aggressive toward other dogs, as well as animals, such as cats, rabbits, and domestic fowl.
The site cautions that aggression toward humans should be considered a serious fault.
Fighting for The Bullys Pit Bull Rescue has a selection of nice pit bulls available for adoption.
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