THE FOLLOWING PICTURE ARE NOT FOR CRUELTY SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGEMENT, THEY ARE SIMPLY A GALLERY OF SOME OF THE APBT PAST AND CURRENT USES,TO SHOW THOSE THAT HAVE NO CLUE A GLIMPSE OF THE POWER AND HEART THESE MAGNIFICENT CREATURE CONTAIN. LOYAL, GENTLE, HUMBLE AND POWERFUL!
This is a touching story of a Pit Bull Terrier dog who sacrificed his life to protect his master’s grandmother and sister. This was happened in barangay Lapasan, Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines a few years back of Feb. 12, 2007. This story was posted on a local newspaper in the Philippines.
“The children in the Fronteras household refer to their dog as “kuya” (“big brother”), and he certainly proved it on the day he sacrificed his life to protect the family.
On Monday, Feb. 12 at around 2 p.m., ” Chief,” an American Pit Bull Terrier, rescued Liberata la Victoria, 87, and her granddaughter Maria Victoria Fronteras from a deadly cobra which had entered their house through an opening in the kitchen.
Liberata la Victoria and Chief had been watching TV on the sofa when suddenly Chief jumped up and alerted her to the presence of a cobra less than 10 feet away. Maria Victoria rushed in and pulled her grandmother into a separate room, hoping the snake would leave.
However, when Maria Victoria later emerged from the room, she was terrified to find the cobra poised about two feet away. Equally startled, the cobra expanded its hood and appeared to be spitting venom as it prepared to strike.
“The snake was in front of us, maneuvering a deadly attack,” says Maria Victoria. “I screamed out loud to ask for help.”
That’s when from “out of nowhere,” Chief dashed between the cobra and the two women, using himself as a shield against the cobra’s attacks. Chief then seized the cobra by the neck and slammed it into the floor, killing it.
However, for Chief, it was a Pyrrhic victory. In the struggle, he sustained a fatal bite to the jaw, and moments later he began gasping for breath and collapsed.
The family sought the help of a veterinarian, but they were told that nothing could be done. According to the vet, the bite was too close to Chief’s brain, and the venom had already spread. Maria Victoria called her husband Marlone, who, stunned by the news, rushed home immediately.
Ian de la Rama, a friend of the family, says it was less than 30 minutes from the time Chief had been bitten that he “went wobbly and lost control of his organs,” urinating and defecating uncontrollably. However, he still kept clinging to life.
It wasn’t until Marlone arrived at that Chief finally let go.
Ian de la Rama describes, “Chief gave his two deep breaths and died. He was fighting and saving his last ounces of breath to see a glimpse of his master for the last two seconds of his life.”
Ian adds that the last thing Chief did as he gazed up at Marlone was wag his tail.”
Hero Pit Bull Drags Unconscious Owner Off Railroad Tracks
A Pit bull dog named Lilly is being called a hero after dragging her unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming train. Lilly’s owner was unharmed, but the 8 year-old dog was struck by the train.
While walking home from her boyfriend’s home at midnight with Lilly on May 3, Christine Spain collapsed on the railroad tracks after apparently having too much to drink. Authorities in Shirley, Massachusetts say a train was heading down the tracks at the same time.
The train’s engineer and the only witness reported seeing a dog “frantically pulling at a woman as he drew closer.” He did everything he could to stop the train. He heard a thump and thought he had hit both Lilly and her owner. When he was finally able to come to a complete stop, he found Spain safely on the side of the tracks, but Lilly had been severely injured.
The muscles and skin on her right paw were torn away, her pelvis was fractured and she had injuries to her internal organs. Lilly was rushed to a local animal emergency hospital, but Spain’s son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, picked her up and took her to Angell Animal Medical Clinic in Boston.
The Boston clinic had to amputate Lilly’s right front leg and is currently helping the dog recover from her other injuries.
“Lilly’s recovery from this horrific ordeal is my top priority right now and I’ll do everything possible to get her back home to us,” said Lanteigne. The officer adopted the dog for his mother three years ago.
Spain was arrested at the scene of the accident on charges of obstruction, walking/riding on a railroad track and animal cruelty. She is a recovering alcoholic.
Lanteigne said, “Lilly’s doing a lot better than she was almost a week ago. She’s on her road to recovery now.”
The officer wasn’t surprised when he learned that Lilly had come to his mother’s aid.
“This dog is truly a special dog,” he said. “She’s been amazing since day one. My mother has given anything and everything to this dog. For the past 3 1/2 years since she’s had this dog, it’s her entire life. She’s been eating, sleeping and breathing this dog. The dog is everything to her. She brings her on five or six long walks a day. She spends half an hour preparing all of her meals.”
Lanteigne hopes Lilly’s heroism will change people’s attitude about Pit bulls.
“I just want it to raise awareness on how special these dogs truly are.” He calls Lilly loving and affectionate. He also said his mother has been deeply affected by the dog’s selfless act.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/hero-pit-bull-drags-unconscious-owner-off-railroad-tracks.html#ixzz1wCDbSvGG
Lawrenceville, GA - One morning in July John Benton went to leave for work when his Pit Bull had other ideas. Titan ran around in circles, barking, and blocking John from leaving.
"He'd run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going, to let me know something was wrong. And that's when I followed him up the stairs to see what he was trying to tell me,"
His wife Gloria was on the floor bleeding from her head. She’d suffered a brain aneurysm and had fallen down fracturing her skull. If Titan hadn’t gotten John’s attention it’s likely Gloria would not have survived.
The hero of this story, a beautiful Pit Bull named Titan is now being awarded “Neighbor of the Year” by the Vintage Pointe Neighborhood Association. This will be the first
canine recipient of this award.
LITTLETON, Colo. -- A Littleton neighborhood is on edge after a coyote attacked and nearly killed a woman's dog Saturday morning.
These attacks are becoming more and more common.
According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, in the wild where they are actively hunted and trapped, coyotes are generally elusive. Near cities or in areas where hunting and trapping is not allowed, coyotes may be aggressive. In urban settings, they can lose their fear of people and may even threaten domestic pets. They've even attacked children recently. One young boy in Erie had to receive rabies shots for several weeks after an attack.
Coyotes are being spotted more in alleys and open spaces, attracted to things like open garbage and bird feeders.
Buster is a Chihuahua-Terrier mix. He was attacked Saturday morning.
"He woke me up at 6:30 to do his thing. I let him out and I came out with him," said Jodi Robinette of Littleton. "And about a minute later, he screamed like I've never heard an animal scream."
Robinette ran after Buster and the coyote behind her home at 949 West Peakview Circle near Angeline Little Greenway Park.
"And right when I came around this corner, the coyote had my dog in his mouth, shaking him as he was running,” she said. "And then, I see the coyote at the very middle of this field drop my dog."
Turns out the neighbor’s pit bulls were going after the coyote.
"Oh I, I (pause) can't talk. (Chokes up). It's really, you know, to see it happen," said Robinette.
Buster is now in the oxygen chamber at Columbine Animal Hospital and Emergency Clinic. He is being kept on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication and an IV.
Several neighbors witnessed the attack. Lucas Bouts said coyotes seem to be getting more dangerous.
"They've gone after pets before, usually behind fences. They've been becoming more aggressive," said Bouts. “And there are a lot of children in this neighborhood. The coyote’s just look at you like, ‘oh - we're used to people being around.’"
“I mean they need to be relocated. I don't want them destroyed or wish them harm, but it was just a tragedy for everyone," said Robinette.
As for the pit bulls - they scared off the coyote and then protected Buster under a bush.
"They were circling him and sitting by him. Making sure he was all right," said Robinette. "So it needs to be said that there’s some good (in pit bulls) and not all bad."
Back at the animal clinic, Buster's got a polka-dot bandage, a heated blanket and some pain medicine. He’s had a rough day.
He will need surgery Monday. He has a collapsed lung, chest injuries and many deep lacerations.
The Division of Wildlife suggests never allowing your pets to roam, especially at night.
The division also suggests you keep your pets in a fenced area, or a completely enclosed kennel at times when you're not able to keep an eye on your pet.
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Frank Delarosa thought it was strange to see a pit bull runningdown a sugar sand path nearthe cranberry bogs at Double Trouble State Parkon Friday, her leash dragging behind her.
Delarosa coaxedtheone-year-old pit bull over to him, picked her up and started to head up the path to the park office.
But "Lilly"was restless. Delarosa decided to put herdown. She began pulling and tugging him down the path, back towards the cranberry bogs.
It was there he found Lilly's owner unconsciousabout 150 yards down on the path. Dona Timoney, 51, of Beachwood, had suffered some kind of "medical event" while on a walk with her dog, Berkeley Township Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.
"She was unconscious, but breathing," he said.
Detective Will Cullen and Patrolman Jon Sperber responded to the scene. Timoney was first taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River by members of the Bayville First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics. She was later airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Cullen said.
Her condition is unavailable at this time, Smith said.
Lilly is now with Timoney's daughter. Timoney had previously rescued the dog from a "drug house" in North Carolina, Cullen said.
"The back of her car was filled with treats and bones," Cullen said. "She's obviously an avid animal lover."
Cara Jones was walking her two-year old pit bull, Creature, but she didn’t want to follow her lead. Creature was determined to drag Cara into the brush, and her willfulness proved fortunate for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s.
“So we were standing about here when I heard the sticks cracking,” Cara explained. “She looked back at me and then barked, and there I saw a figure laying. She was trying to get up and the sticks kept breaking on her, so she would fall back down.”
Lying on the cold, wet ground was 89-year-old Carmen Mitchell, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. In the blink of an eye, she had wandered away from her Piscataway, New Jersey home and caretaker. Over several hours, she meandered into the woods and got about a mile from her house.
“In just the blink of an eye she was gone, and I was so scared because she’s a loving person,” said Rochelle Wason, Carmen’s caretaker.
Rochelle immediately called police, who responded with ground and canine units, as well as a helicopter.
“All the searchers were out there, all the volunteers were out there, everyone was putting in their effort here,” said Piscataway Police Chief Richard Ivone.
But it wasn’t the police K-9 that found her – it was an ordinary house pet.
“I still couldn’t believe it. I still couldn’t believe it, but I was gleeful nonetheless,” said Luke Stapleton, the woman’s son-in-law.
He says that she was treated for hypothermia, and because of her condition, has no memory of what happened. Because of Creature, Luke has changed his opinion of pit bulls.
“I know now that pit bulls are not just as they are described by other people,” Luke said.
“I had a lot of people looking down on me for having a pit bull, and I’m glad that I have her,” Cara said.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull 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.
For a small town with a population of 46,452, animal control officers were kept busy Monday afternoon. Jones says they department also responded to a report about a boa constrictor in a church parking lot. The snake found its way into a car engine and was able to be removed without being harmed. It took three people to move the massive, seemingly random placed snake.
“It’s funny, because we aren’t a big place,” he said of the Gulf Coast town. “And we can go for four or five months without the media contacting us about a story. It’s been a busy week.”
Officers from the responding county sheriff’s office canvased the area and were unable to locate the suspect described as being in his 20s, tall and dark haired.
A 2-year-old male pit bull named Ace was being hailed as a hero Wednesday afternoon, after waking his deaf owner during a devastating house fire on the Southeastside.
At 1:11 p.m., Indianapolis firefighters were called to fight a fire at a home in the 6400 block of Perry Pines Court, officials said. Upon their arrival, flames were shooting from the garage.
Officials said Nick Lamb, 13, who is deaf, was sleeping in the house at the time. Ace was able to alert Nick and awaken him by licking his face.
"He was thankful that Ace entered his room and licked his face until he woke up," Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said in a news release. "The boy quickly covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and exited the rear of the house."
Lamb said he was taught at school about covering his face and finding the nearest exit. Without his shoes but with Ace by his side, he darted out of the back door before calling his mother and 911.
"I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. ... My dog Ace smelled it," Lamb said. "I just wanted to get out."
The fire-blackened home had $175,000 in damage. But Ace and Lamb made it out safely. No one else was home when the fire started.
Lindsay Bernard, Lamb's mother, says she rushed home from work after getting the call. Her mind was racing throughout the trip.
"I went into a little bit of a panic," she said. "When I got here ... the streets were covered. It was mainly just panic and chaos."
Reith added that the family's black cat named Pixie was located by a firefighter inside the home and appears to be OK.
Bernard said Pixie inhaled a bit of smoke, and will be spending the night at the vet.
"(Lamb) told firefighters that this was the first summer he was old enough to stay home alone and was excited to have reached that milestone," Reith said. "He had just returned from summer camp on Sunday."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Reith said. The homeowners believe that it was electrical and originated in the garage.
Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 5:59 am
A walk on a park walking path may have had a much different ending for one Pima, AZ woman had it not been for her canine companion, an adult, male pitbull. The intended victim had let her dog off-leash when a man grabbed her and tried to throw her in some bushes. That’s when she called her dog.
“Ultimately, she was able to call her dog and he came,” says Pima County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Parish. “She said it was like something you’d see on TV where the dog leaped in the air and hit the man in the chest, knocked the guy down–and then she took off running.”
The attacker may have gotten away but he no doubt is wearing some battle wounds. The intended victim said her dog had blood around his mouth after the man ran away.