Risked Their Lives to Stop a Pit Bull Mauling
- 2011: Matt Fenner, City Police Officer (Glendora, California) - Recognized as a City Hero by DogsBite.org after saving retired fire chief Milford Fonza from the jaws of two pit bulls. Fonza was on an early morning walk when he was confronted by the dogs. Fonza tried to climb a wall to escape, but the dogs pulled him back to the ground. Spotting the attack, Fenner rammed one pit bull with his cruiser and shot the other one dead. (Related post)
- 2011: Sean Vorel (Omaha, Nebraska) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving kennel owner, Marci Gilbert, from a violent pit bull attack. Vorel happened to be passing by when he saw the attack unfold. He scaled an 8-foot fence with barbed wire at the top to intervene. Then he grabbed a board about the size of a baseball bat and began beating the dog. The pit bull did not stop its attack until police "subdued it" with a Taser.
- 2011: Philip Tatum (Blanchard, Louisiana) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after trying to rescue his dog, Cotton, from two vicious pit bulls. Tatum was walking Cotton along the street when the dogs escaped their owner's yard. The more aggressive pit bull latched onto to Cotton. Tatum pried its jaws open and got his dog out. That pit bull then clamped onto his arm until Tatum choked it to death. Cotton did not survive. (Craven Desires)
- 2011: Bella-Rose Waipouri-Globbits and Kim (Whangarei, New Zealand) Recognized as Citizen and Animal Heroes respectively by DogsBite.org after saving a baby from a home-invasion attack by a pit bull. Kim suffered brutal bites guarding the home's open door. Bella's father helped by stabbing the pit bull with a large knife. While blood flew everywhere, Bella-Rose plucked the baby off the floor and hustled her to safety.
- 2011: Chanda Davis (Duncan, South Carolina) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving her 2-year old daughter from two pit bulls. An evening of "backyard grilling" turned deadly when the pit bulls suddenly appeared. "I picked (my daughter) up with one arm and threw her on top of my car," she said. The family dog leapt into action too and a fight ensued. Yielding a bread knife, Chanda stabbed the pit bulls, one fatally. (Craven Desires)
- 2011: Kathy Stievenart (Colfontaine, Belgium) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing her dog, Lady, from a predatory pit bull. The neighbor's dog scaled its fence and rushed after Kathy's two children who were playing in the garden. Lady intervened and wound up being the pit bull's victim. Kathy punched and kicked the dog until a guest brought her a knife; she stabbed the dog until it was dead. (Craven Desires)
- 2010: Bear the 12-pound dog (Freemont, Utah) - Recognized as an Animal Hero by DogsBite.org for saving four young boys from a pit bull attack. The pint-sized dog, who lived up to his name that day, got between the pit bull and the boys and took a near death beating from it. The boys' father caused the pit bull to flee. It is believed the same pit bull killed two cows the next day; the owner of the cows shot and killed the dog. (Craven Desires)
- 2010: Mike Barnett (Swansea, Wales) - Recognized as Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing a horse from a "psychopathic" pit bull. When Barnett, 57, saw a dog swinging from the horse's throat, he grabbed a pipe and chain and waded into the grisly scene. Though suffering a heart attack last year, Barnett beat the dog off the horse then jumped into the bushes after the dog and secured a chain around its neck. (Craven Desires)
- 2010: Jim and Sandi Murdy (Oak Harbor, Washington) - Recognized as Citizen Heroes by DogsBite.org for saving their dog, Ringo, from a pit bull. Alerted to the attack, Jim hit and kicked the pit bull as hard as he could then used a hedge trimmer as a weapon while Sandi beat the pit bull with a broom. Jim then grabbed the pit bull by the collar and was delivered a crushing bite. Still, Jim held the dog by the neck until deputies arrived. (Craven Desires)
- 2010: Richard Rotkiewicz (Linden, New Jersey) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving his dog Bruno from the deadly jaws of a pit bull. Richard went into his yard that night with Bruno when two pit bulls charged out of out the dark. Richard put Bruno on his shoulder, but one pit bull jumped up and tore the dog off. Richard dashed into his garage, grabbed his .357 Magnum and shot the pit bull dead. (Craven Desires)
- 2009: Josh Hobson (Ada County, Idaho) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving a jogger and his dog from two pit bulls. The pair was running down the sidewalk when the pit bulls burst out of an open door. The jogger leapt into the bed of a pickup taking his dog with him, but the pit bulls tried to jump in too. Hobson heard the man's cries and grabbed his shotgun. He shot one pit bull after it charged him, the other fled.
- 2009: Stan Shearer, City Firefighter (Omaha, Nebraska) - Recognized as a City Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing Lorrie Ellis and a baby from a family pit bull attack. Ellis ran into a bathroom with the infant to escape the dog and used the door to pin the animal back. It took Stan and two more firefighters to wrestle a catch pole over the dog's head. The struggle was so intense the metal pole bent and the pit bull choked itself to death. (Related post)
- 2009: Tyler Yoeman, 17-years old (Carson City, Nevada) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing his dog Duke from a hostile pit bull. Prior to attacking Duke, the pit bull busted through a neighbor's screen door and attacked that man's dog. Then it jumped the fence into Tyler's yard, killed one of his dogs and next went after Duke. Tyler grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the pit bull to death. (Related video)
- 2009: Tanya Shroeder (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving a 4-year old child from a vicious pit bull. Tanya's two children and the 4-year old friend were playing in the backyard when Tanya grew concerned that the neighbor's dog would crash through the fence. That's exactly what the dog did. She scooped up the child and in the process, the pit bull tore off part of her ear. (Related post)
- 2009: Doug Perry, retired Marine (Anaheim, California) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving his dogs from a fierce pit bull. The attack only involved one pit bull, but two people and two dogs were injured. The pit bull tore into his husky first then turned on his smaller dog, Buster. Perry first used a stick and a pipe to beat the pit bull off Buster, but was forced to stab the dog to death to get it to release its grip. (Related post)
- 2009: Drew Heredia, 9-years old (Bakersfield, California) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after saving a 12-year old girl and her dog from an attacking pit bull. Heredia had been walking with a friend and her small dog when a pit bull jumped her pet. When she intervened to save her dog, the pit bull turned on her. Heredia jumped on the dog and applied a chokehold he learned by taking classes in jiujitsu. (Related post)
- 2008: Amy Rice, 38-years old (Minneapolis, Minnesota) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after biting into a pit bull's nose that was attacking her dog, Ella. Rice became a huge hit with the media and told CNN in an interview, "At some point the pit bull's nose was in my face and I bit it … I clamped on, my teeth and my jaw totally hurt." The pit bull had pinned Ella to the ground and latched onto to her neck. (Related video)
- 2008: Maurice Campbell, a Cox Communication employee (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing Caltanique Domino, 10, from an attacking pit bull. Campbell had just finished a routine power supply check when he drove past a group of children running from a pack of pit bulls. One child had been taken down. Campbell flew out of his truck with a cable cabby and began beating the dog.
- 2008: Amalia Hernandez (Bonham, Texas) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing 11-year old Haiden McCurry from two attacking pit bulls. Haiden had just climbed onto her bike when the dogs attacked. Amalia heard her screams and came running, armed with a broom. A voice from her husband echoed in her head, "Once those dogs grab you, they won't let go." She successfully beat the pit bulls off Haiden. (Related post)
- 2008: Steven Heher, Ian Tovar, William Bahler and Alan Clinansmith (Happy Valley, Oregon) - Recognized as Citizen Heroes by DogsBite.org after rescuing 7-year old Jayda Kempas from an attacking pit bull. Jayda had been playing on a tire swing when the dog attacked. Two of the men beat the pit bull with a baseball bat as her father Steven pulled Jayda away. Steven suffered a dislocated shoulder and multiple bites to his hands.
- 2008: Andrew "Moses" Diodati and Jeff Dolph (Tucson, Arizona) - Recognized as a Citizen Heroes by DogsBite.org after stopping two pit bulls from killing Jeff's dog, Belle. After the pit bulls began attacking, Moses, 16, and Jeff, 15, began punching and kicking the dogs. When the two realized the pit bulls were not going to stop, Moses pulled out his folding knife and began stabbing the dogs. Only in death, did one of the pit bulls release its grip. (Related post)
- 2008: Thomas Wedgeworth (Gulfport, Mississippi) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing 6-year old Katie Jarman and her mother from an attacking pit bull. The two had been walking home from school when the dog attacked. Wedgeworth saw the struggle and drove his truck between the victims and the dog. He jumped out and placed Katie in the truck. He recalled being mortified at how badly she was bleeding.
- 2008: Jordan Slezak, 20-years old (Surrey, British Columbia) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing Sean Bajwa, 11, from two attacking pit bulls. Slezak was chatting with his mother when he saw the attack unfold. As he charged out of his house to rescue the boy, his mother said, "Get the bat!" Armed with a bat, Slezak hopped a fence barefoot to reach the scene then struck the pit bull on the head, forcing it to back off. (Related article)
- 2008: Thomas Wimberly, 48-years old (Indianapolis, Indiana) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing 42-year old Carrolle Bales from three attacking pit bulls. Wimberly saw the attack while driving by in his pickup truck. He jumped out and ran to Bale's aid, who was already on the ground being shredded by the vicious pit bulls. Both Wimberly and Bales suffered severe puncture wounds and bites. (Related video)
- 2008: Humble Tradie (Greystanes, New South Wales) - Recognized as a Citizen Hero by DogsBite.org after rescuing a 17-year old girl and 43-year old woman from an attacking pit bull. He and a partner were in the area when they heard the female cries. He grabbed a nail gun and his partner grabbed a piece of lumber and began whacking the dog on the head. The dog persisted in its attack, so the tradie shot it with the nail gun killing it. (Related post)
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