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Brave Pit bull gets shot and saves dad's life while protecting her family from armed intruders

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | July 29, 2013 | Comments (9)


In the middle of the night, four intruders broke into a family's home while they slept. One man was armed with a shotgun, and if it had not been for the heroics of the family's Pit bull, Lefty, the father would have been shot. 

Lefty protected her parents and the children when one robber pointed the shotgun at her dad. "She went straight for him," said Dr. Michele Leatherbury, owner of Atlantic Animal Hospital in Accomack County, Virginia, told delmarvaNow.com.

Lefty jumped at the intruder, blocking his shot and was hit in her shoulder. When Lefty arrived at the hospital on July 25, the staff shared her story on their Facebook page, describing what had happened to her:

"'I saved my family member’s lives on Monday night and now I need your help!! In the middle of the night, 4 intruders entered my family home while my parents and the children were sleeping. They tried to shoot at my Dad - but I jumped in the way and the shotgun blast hit me instead.'"

They continued:

She [Lefty] arrived at Atlantic Animal Hospital in shock and bleeding from a huge wound in her shoulder, which tore up her muscles and shattered her humerus bone. She is doing very well after emergency treatment but since her family was robbed, they have no way to pay for all of her care, including the surgery she needs on her shoulder.

Their Facebook post went viral and over the weekend 100% of the funds needed to cover Lefty's medical costs were raised.

Lefty had her right leg amputated but is doing well. By Friday, she was walking around "like she's been a 3-legged dog her entire life!" according to the hospital's Facebook page. And on Monday she returns to her family, who are not only extremely grateful that Lefty is alive after her brave actions, but are also thankful for the outpouring of support from strangers in their time of need.

Below is a video of Lefty, showing how well she is doing post-surgery.



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Comments on this Article

what a brave dog. She loves her family for sure. Thank God she is ok, so sorry she lost her leg, but very glad she is still alive to be with her very grateful family.
Good doggie!! :)
This is an example that always brings a tear to my eye. Dogs will give their life for you.
Good girl Lefty!
Are you familiar with a place in Colorado that makes prothesis for pets? They are orthpet.com. There are other places across the country that makes prothesis for pets or you can have cart made for her. As a pit bull owner it is great to hear positive stories and of course the main stream media to my knowledge has not picked it up in my area. Left you are one great dog and an model of the pit bull breed. Hope your recovery is quick and you get spoiled rotten.
This story has caught my heart! Way to go girl! I hope that this man was caught, and is paying for what he has put this girl and her humans through.
You go girl!!! Gorgeous looking pit!!!
An amazing girl :) so glad she is doing ok!
What a story! So glad she was saved. She lost her leg but at least she's alive and doesn't seem to be missing it, just sniffing around like any other doggie. God bless her and her family. Sad that there are such horrible people out there doing nothing but harm. :0( Isn't it a strange coincidence that she lost her right arm and her name is "Lefty?"
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