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Pitbull and twelve-year-old girl help save unconscious, drowning stray

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Destinee Billiot and Bo helped rescue a stray from drowning
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.

Lucky was rescued from drowning by Bo and DestinieeDestinee 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 Bo and Destiniee
Lucky was saved from drowning by 12-year-old Destinee

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Comments on this Article

I live in Louisiana and I am dying to go see the Villalobos shelter. I am in love with that show and love everything they do for pitt bulls. I really wanna see the upcoming episode. I hope I can watch it on the Animal Planet website, since I'm never able to watch tv shows I like. (I live with my bf and his parents)
Thank you all for the good jobs! I very much apprciate it. Im no longer bo's care taker he has been adopted out! I want to thank everyone for the congrats on rescueing lucky !!
Yippeee yay to Destiniee and Bo!!!!!!! I am new to Dog Heirs and I am so glad I can be crazy about dogs somewhere!
Sloane, you are absolutely right. These are the stories that people need to hear about, but unfortunately they don't produce the flash that attracts the attention, so folks just aren't interested enough to take the time to read about the good works of a brave dog. It will have to be enough that we know it and that we care. So great job Destiniee and Bo. You done good.
Stories about pit bull attacks are tragic, but isolated incidents. Those stories are blasted all over the news, but it’s stories like this one involving Bo and the ones linked below that people never hear about. These are the stories of pit bull heroes – the dogs who selflessly defend their families from heinous crimes, save other animals from certain death, and pull their human guardians to safety in times of danger. Stories about pit bull bravery and heroism are by themselves powerful arguments against breed specific legislation. http://bslnews.org/pit-bull-heroes-hall-of-fame/
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