Destinee Billiot (right) and Bo, a neighborhood dog, helped rescue a drowning stray.
They are pictured here with Tia Torress (left) of Villalobos Rescue Center.
A twelve-year-old girl helped rescue a stray dog from drowning, after a neighborhood dog alerted her the animal was in danger.
Destinee Billiot of Arabi, Louisiana, was outside when Bo, a neighbor's pit bull, barked frantically in front of her, trying to get her attention. She followed Bo and saw what he was trying alert her to - a stray dog was drowning in a canal.
Destinee ran home to her family for help. In turn, a neighbor helped her get a rope to lasoo the unconscious dog's head and help keep the dog's head above water until more help arrived. Kyle Menant from Animal Control came soon after and the group was able to net the drowning animal and pull him to safety.
The dog is now recovering at St. Bernard Animal Services in Violet and has been nicknamed "Lucky".
Word of Destinee's and Bo's heroic actions got back to Tia Torres, founder of Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans. Torres' shelter is featured on the Animal Planet reality series "Pit Bulls and Parolees." According to Desiree Mancuso, co-founder of Paws in the Park, an Arabi non-profit, Torres met with Destinee recently and plans to feature her in an upcoming episode.
Carolyn Penn-Martin, co-founder of Paws in the Park, is also a fan. "I have always loved the Gandhi quote 'the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,'" Penn-Martin said. "I feel that is surely the case here in its simplest form. To know that a 12-year-old girl helped an animal from drowning shows that someone has raised her with impeccable morals for when she reaches adulthood. This story tugs at my heart!"
Lucky was saved from drowning by 12-year-old Destinee
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