When people hear the words Pit Bull, they usually picture an aggressive dog who will go after anything that moves – but honestly, these strong and often times even-tempered animals are not bred to be vicious, it’s just how some of them are – unfortunately – raised.
A Pit Bull in Port Charlotte, Florida set out to change people’s first reaction to his breed recently when he jumped in and saved a woman and child he had never met from an attacker.
According to reports, a man cornered a Florida woman who was leaving a playground with her young toddler at knifepoint, but before he could steal anything from her or use his weapon, a Pit Bull charged the man, growling and baring his teeth like he meant business. The attacker ran off, and when the woman jumped into her car for safety, the dog jumped in the back seat and sat with her until police arrived.
“You hear about family dogs protecting their owners, but this dog had nothing to do with this woman or her kid,” an Animal Control officer who arrived on the scene explained to media sources. “He was like her guardian angel.”
Judging by the dog’s friendly demeanor (towards non-threatening people, that is) and its relatively robust health, police decided that it was a lost pet instead of stray. The Pit Bull, who was named Angel by the woman he saved, is waiting for his owners to claim him at a local shelter – and if nobody comes forward, the woman has made it clear she would like to adopt him.
It’s stories like this that make you want to go out and hug every dog you see, even the one that’s peeing on your lawn, because what would we do without them?