A heroic dog saved his teenage guardian from an armed attacker. Photo: John Kirk-Anderson
A teenage girl believes she could have been killed during a sexually motivated attack, if it had not been for the heroic dog she adopted just two months ago. The dog sprung to her aid and pulled the attacker off her long enough for her to escape and run for help.
The 19-year-old had just been dropped off at her Burnside home in Christchurch, New Zealand early on Sunday morning, when the dog ran out of the house after she opened the door.
She chased after him as the dog ran towards the nearby park. She stayed close to the road by the park, but as she passed by some bushes she was grabbed by a man and dragged into the dark.
Describing her ordeal to The Press, the teen said she initially blacked out when her head hit the ground. But when she came to, she fought back. She kicked the man in the groin and scratched his face, but she said her attacker did not make any sound, only "creepy" noises as she hit him. He was also hitting her with what she thought was a phone, but later learned was a weapon.
"He was cutting me with something, but I had no pain. All the blood, I thought, was sweat or tears. I was yelling for help and screaming at some points. I thought, 'If I'm going to die I might as well fight back,'" she said.
The teen suffered multiple cuts to her face, hands and arms. She believes she would have likely not have survived the attack if her 13-month-old German-Shepherd-Greyhound-Border-Collie cross had not suddenly appeared and leaped on the man.
The heroic dog bit the attacker on the neck or shoulder and pulled him off her, giving her a chance to escape. The young woman told the Press, "I could hear him growling. I didn't look back. I ran straight to the road." She was able to flag down a passing car for help. "I don't think I'd be here if [he] didn't do that."
Since the attack, the dog has not left her side. "He's an amazing dog. It was a horrible thing, but I could have got murdered in a park."
Although traumatized by the ordeal, the young woman came forward with details in order to warn other women.
The man is described as European with dark facial stubble. The sexually-motivated attack occurred at 1:50 am on February 24 in Jellie Park, Christchurch.
Anyone with information on the attack should phone Detective Greg Dalziel on (03) 363 7899 or phone the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
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