by Bethany Meissner
A woman was attacked on the street in Baldwin, GA the night of July 22 by a man wielding a knife. A stray pit bull lunged toward the man, separating the woman from her attacker and saving her life. Unfortunately, the dog ended up being stabbed five times by the assailant.
According to Wate.Com, Officer Timothy Clay, one of the two officers who arrived on the scene, said “I don’t think we could have let that dog suffer and die. We felt like we needed to get that dog some help after what it had been through.” Clara Welch in Tennessee thought that was “very heroic and very awesome” of the officers.
The Dodo wrote that a veterinarian reopened her clinic to care for the dog held by the officers despite the late hour. It wasn’t a guaranteed save – the dog collapsed on the table. He had lost a lot of blood. However, the officers’ heroic actions paid off and the dog’s life was saved.
Welch runs Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue, based in Knoxville, TN. She heard about the dog’s heroic rescue on Facebook and decided to raise money to help pay for his medical costs. Just a few days after his surgery, the dog was given a new name befitting his actions – Hero.
Hero is now being cared for by Fighting for the Bullys. Welch thinks Hero hasn’t always had an easy time. “He has had a really rough life. He has had a bum back leg and a bum front leg, but he gets around fine,” she said. His bum legs certainly didn’t keep him from saving the life of that grateful woman in Georgia!
According to WBIR’s Madison Wade, Hero has received adoption applications from all over the world. His foster family with Fighting for the Bullys is hoping to find this heroic canine a forever home “as close to East Tennessee as possible.” In Welch’s words Hero is just “looking for a good friend.”