A family in Indianapolis owes a debt of gratitude to their dog, who managed to thwart a potential kidnapping after two armed robbers broke in on Tuesday morning.
New mom Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez was home alone with her infant daughter when she heard an odd sound coming from the back door.
Garzon-Jimenez was on the phone with her husband Adolfo Angeles-Morales, who was working at the time.
“I told her, go check, who is it because I’m already at my job. In the same second, I hear the noise over my phone and she started screaming and crying, and said, someone just stuck their hand in the door,” Angeles-Morales told 24-Hour News 8, translating for his wife, who speaks only Spanish.
The couple say that a man and woman broke into the house and demanded cash.
“The man said, ‘Money, money.’ I said, I don’t have any,” Garzon explained through her husband.
At that point, one of the thieves hit her over the head with the butt of a pistol while the other grabbed the baby and tried to escape out the back door.
That’s when the brave four-legged defender stepped in.
“She try to run away through the back door, but one of the doggies- he didn’t let her go through the back door,” said Angeles.
The family’s pit bull mix puppy stopped the woman at the door, forcing her to run toward the front door. In the confusion, she threw the baby back at Garzon.
Mother and daughter were treated for cuts and bruises at a nearby hospital and later released.
“Thank god everything’s okay, my baby and my wife,” said Angeles-Morales.
Pit bulls tend to get a bad rap in the media (it’s rare to see a positive headline about the breed), but experts say the dogs are not inherently aggressive – they suffer at the hands of irresponsible owners who encourage aggressive behavior.
In fact, according to the ASPCA website, “a well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent, and gentle dogs imaginable.”
This statement certainly bears true in my own personal experience. My best friend (and college roommate) adopted an adorable pit bull puppy our junior year and she grew up to be one of the sweetest dogs in the entire world.
(She used to poop under my bed but I still love her.)
Anyway, it’s nice to see a news story in which a pit bull is the hero, rather than the villain.
What do you think? Do you consider pit bulls to dangerous to keep as pets?