Pit Bull Saves Woman From Being Trapped In Burning House

Nathan Francis

A pit bull saved a woman whose home had caught fire, barking to alert her as flames threatened to engulf the entire house.

The incident took place in Long Island, New York on Friday. Jackie Bonasera was at home drying her hair in an upstairs bathroom of her home when suddenly she heard the pit bull barking.

Bonasera ran downstairs to see flames coming from the other side of the garage. The protective nature of the pit bull saved the woman, who was able to escape the house in time.

"I ran out of the house and my neighbors came running over, and then I thought about the dog – I'm like, 'He saved my life, I have to save his,' " Bonasera said ."So I just put my robe over my face and I ran back in and I grabbed the dog and then I stood out here and I watched my house burn."

Bonasera said the pit bull, Cain, saved her life as she would have been trapped upstairs if she had waited any longer.

The rescue was even more special to Bonasera and her family given what they believe is in unfair reputation for pit bulls.

"He's a pit bull, too," said Bonasera's daughter, Alexus Stallworth. "They have such bad reps, but he's such a good boy."

The pit bull who saved the woman in Long Island isn't the only hero of the breed. Back in February, a pit bull in Oklahoma named Baby had a nearly identical rescue as it barked to alert its family to a fire spreading in the early morning hours.

"There were flames shooting down the hallway," said Rhonda Westenberger, who was saved along with her sister. "If Baby hadn't woken Evelyn up, I don't think either one of us would have come out of it."

The pit bull who saved the woman in Long Island is getting its own credit for the rescue. From now on the dog will be known as the "town hero," Stallworth said.