Amazing Young Boy
Bakersfield, CA - In a rare event, it appears a 9-year old boy has saved a 12-year old girl and her dog, a chihuahua-mix, from a pit bull attack. The boy, Drew Heredia, said he held the dog for 20-minutes in a chokehold (specifically a "reverse naked chokehold") he learned by taking classes at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio. Drew has only been taking classes for about 2-months, but his instructor said that he pulled the move off perfectly. Please watch the video to learn more.
"A 9-year-old Bakersfield boy is being called a hero after he saved a girl from a vicious pit bull. Drew Heredia says he and a friend were walking her small dog Tuesday when, out of nowhere, a pit bull jumped on the dog. The 12-year-old girl tried to save her little dog and the pit bull turned on her. Heredia says he jumped on the dog and applied a chokehold that he learned by taking classes at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio in southwest Bakersfield.
He held the dog for 20 minutes until an animal control officer arrived. "At first I wanted to kick it, but then I thought, it’s not a good idea because it could get my leg," said Drew Heredia. The girl was taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital where she was treated for puncture wounds. The pit bull is being quarantined at the animal control office, where it will be euthanized after 10 days."
Drew's skills and actions are both amazing and heroic, but DogsBite.org does not recommend any child -- under any circumstances -- attempting to stop a violent pit bull attack.
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