Stray Pit Bull Saves Woman, Child from Attacker

by Rebecca on March 23, 2012

in Animal Stories

The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix might  have seemed menacing to some passerby, but one woman will always  remember him as her “guardian angel.”The dog, which authorities  think is lost and not a stray, successfully thwarted a robbery attack on  a mother and her 2-year-old son, who were held at knifepoint Monday  afternoon.

The Florida woman, who has been identified by  authorities simply as “Angela,” was leaving a playground with her  toddler son in Port Charlotte when a man approached her in the parking  lot with a knife and told her not to make any noise or sudden movements.

Angela  didn’t have to do either to protect herself and her child — a dog  mysteriously ran to the scene and charged the man, who quickly fled.

“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,” Animal  Control Lt. Brian Jones told Pet Pulse.

“I don’t know what this man’s intentions were, but it is very possible this dog saved her life.”

The  exceptional part of the story, Jones said, is that the dog had never  met or even seen the people it quickly jumped to defend. “You hear  about family dogs protecting their owners, but this dog had nothing to  do with this woman or her kid,” Jones said. “He was like her guardian  angel.”

After the alleged thief ran away, Angela quickly placed  her son, Jordan, in the car and tried to drive off. Before she could,  though, the dog jumped into her backseat, waiting with her for the  police and animal control officers to arrive at the scene.

The dog  was transported to a local shelter and if his owners don’t step forward  within five days, Jones said, Angela and her family plan to adopt the  savior she named “Angel.” Animal control officers and shelter  workers believe Angel is lost, and not a stray, because of his good  health, sturdy weight and mild temperament.

“It’s funny, that someone’s irresponsibility could have saved someone’s life,” Jones said of Angel’s possible owners.

For Angela, it doesn’t matter where the dog came from, just that he was there when she needed him most. “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,” Angela told  NBC2 News.

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