Long before pit bulls were known for being vicious attack dogs, the breed was considered to be the perfect ‘nanny dog’ and one Texas dog recently proved why.
Recently, one Texas man, Shelby English, was walking his pit bull Labrador mix, named Hurley, around a local field at around 10 p.m. “He walks him this late so he can let him off his leash so he can do what he loves to do, explore all the different smells,” English’s sister, Stacie Rae, explained.
However, unlike most other nights, Hurley heard a child scream and the normally obedient dog started sprinting away from his owner. “They heard a young kid scream and before my brother knew it, Hurley took off after the scream. With my brother close behind, he saw Hurley grab a copper head snake away from the little boy and fling it around, later found out he had killed it.”
The boy ran to his mother’s car, which sped away before English could find out if the boy was alright. “We are assuming because they left so fast that he was bitten and being rushed to the ER,” Stacie Rae wrote in a post to Facebook.
“My brother then went on to call animal control and the Highland Village Cops showed up to check out the scene. They asked to take a look at Hurley to see if he was bitten. To my brother’s surprise, he was bleeding, had a swollen neck and foaming from his mouth. Sure enough, they found two puncture wounds in his upper lip. Shelby rushed Hurley to Denton Animal Emergency Hospital where he stayed the night.”
“Shelby and Hurley both got home this morning. Thank God, Hurley is doing a lot better this morning, just seems a little uncomfortable with his swollen face and neck,” said Stacie Rae, who later discovered that the boy had been standing near a copper head nest.
“Hopefully, Hurley prevented him from getting bitten, or at least getting bitten multiple times. Here’s our hero pit bull. I’d like for his story to get around for those who judge his breed.”
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[Featured image: Stacie Rae English/Love What Matters]