November 5, 2008
Visit Pit Bull
A dog came out of nowhere and stopped a knife-wielding robber
from accosting a mother and her young son on Monday afternoon. (Pet
Pulse Illustration by Tim Mattson)
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix 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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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