Dogs are often praised as heroes when they save lives or help their human companions. But Buddy the pit bull got a completely different reception, in spite of his heroic deed.
A mother from New South Wales, Australia allegedly took her two sons down to the Murray River to drown them. Buddy, however, stepped in to save the day.
The 27-year-old mother, unnamed for legal reasons, forced the oldest son, 9, into the river and began to hold his head under the water. Meanwhile, the youngest son, 5, stood on the edge of the river, screaming in terror.
The estranged mother took the younger son in the water, and he was left floating down the river face-down. But fortunately, the 9-year-old boy escaped, and it was all thanks to the help of Buddy, the hero dog.
Seeing what was going on, Buddy sensed the mother was harming the boys and attacked her. He then tried to help the boy out of the river, who was left with bite marks from the rescue.
But even in this act to save, some irrationally asserted that the truly heroic animal “savagely mauled” the boy. He was thought to be a “dangerous” animal.
With that, Buddy was sentenced to be put down. His family, however, fought for his justice.
The dog’s owner, Jess Smith, created a petition saying Buddy’s family was “distraught by not only what this mother has done but also that our dog has been seized when he should be labelled a hero instead.” She took a stand for her dog’s innocence.
“Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the most gentlest dog,” she said. “We are hoping the council can see what this dog was trying to do and let him come home. Instead of punishing him for the rescue efforts he has done.”
As for the mother, she has been rightfully charged for both murder and attempted murder. And the 9-year-old boy, well, he is recovering safe and sound, and it’s all thanks to Buddy for saving his life.