Dogs have been known to go above and beyond to protect their loved ones, but one Florida woman was in tears when she realized what her beloved Bassett Hound was prepared to do for them when a crazed attacker burst into their home.
This past Monday morning, a violent attacker burst into Terry Greene’s Florida home with a tire iron in one hand and a knife in the other. “He just came walking in with a tire iron and knife. He was bumping the walls and everything,” said Green’s granddaughter, Lexie Enoch, who was home at the time of the break-in.
Greene’s six-year-old dog Levi could sense the danger and immediately threw himself in front of the man. His bravery saved Greene and Lexi but was brutally stabbed 32 times in the neck and head area in the process. “I’m angry that it was done to him,” Greene said. “I can’t go to my house. I drive around Brooksville all day long because all I see him coming through that back door with a knife.”
Police rushed to the scene after Greene called 911, and had to fatally shoot him after a taser had no effect in subduing the 26-year-old who was identified as Taylor Kendall Hodge. Levi was then rushed to the vet, who was stunned to see the dog survived the attack. “I think as far as the severity of the attack, it’s probably the worst I’ve seen,” said Dr. Ned Szempruch. “There were so many of them, they lacerated blood vessels and muscles.”
Levi had to have more than a third of his ear removed, but Greene is just relieved her hero is stable and recovering. And while it will take a while to get over the attack, Greene was speechless when she saw how many people wanted to help her with Levi’s expensive vet bills. In just eight days strangers have helped raise over $8,500. “When I went on that page and saw the supporters out there and the things they had to say, I can’t thank anyone enough,” Green said.
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