A stray pit bull was stabbed five times saving a woman’s life from a knife-wielding attacker in Georgia.
The pit bull lunged toward the male after sensing the woman in danger. Authorities don’t believe the dog had any relationship with the attacker or victim.
The stray, now named “Hero” by the responding police officers, was able to fend off the perpetrator so the woman could escape, but was stabbed multiple times in the process. The officers took Hero to a local veterinarian to treat his stab wounds.
“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,” Officer Timothy Clay told ABC News affiliate WATE.
The officers did not have to make such an effort, according to Carla Welch of the pit bull advocacy organization FightingForTheBullys.org. “For those two officers to go to the extent they did to save him is very heroic and very awesome,” Welch told WATE.
The dog, who nearly died twice during surgery, is now being cared for by the pit bull rescue group, which raised money to fund the medical expenses of the life-saving operation. The presiding veterinarian significantly reduced the monetary costs of the surgery.
Certain ordinances around the country have explicit laws that forbid pit bulls and canines with similar genetic lineage. A Michigan man was forced to give up his pit bull mutt after posting a personal photo to social media that inadvertently alerted local authorities of his technical misconduct.
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