According to authorities a pit bull saved a woman after her Long Island home caught fire on Friday.
the long island Press reported that the dog barked to alert the woman as flames started spreading throughout the house.
Jackie Bonasera said she was drying her hair when she heard the dog barking. She said she ran downstairs and saw the flames on the side of her garage.
“I ran out of the house and my neighbors came running over, and then I thought about the dog — I’m like, ‘He saved my life, I have to save his,’” Bonasera said, according to NBC New York.
Bonasera said she would have been trapped upstairs if her dog Cain had not alerted her to the fire.
About 70 firefighters reportedly put out the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Pit Bull Saves Owner’s Wife After Brain Aneurysm
John Benton knew that something was amiss in his household last summer when his pet dog, a pit bull named Titan, began trying to capture his attention as he ready to leave for work by running around in circles, barking loudly and blocking his only exit point from the house, CBS Atlanta reported.
“He’d run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going, to let me know something was wrong. And that’s when I followed him up the stairs to see what he was trying to tell me,” Benton told the station.
When Titan began running up and down the stairs, Benton decided to investigate if something had happened on the second floor of the home. He was alarmed to discover that Gloria Benton, his wife, had experienced a brain aneurysm and had fallen down, causing a skull fracture.
Medical doctors say that it is doubtful that Mrs. Benton would have survived her injuries had she been laying in the home all day rather than being discovered early due to the dog’s alert.
Now Titan is receiving a distinct honor for his heroic actions in helping to save the woman. He is the first dog to be awarded the “Neighbor of the Year” award from the neighborhood association in the Atlanta area where the Bentons reside.
Although pit bulls have gotten the reputation for being aggressive and unruly animals, the tale of Titan Benton shows that with the proper training and love, they can be the best of pets.
Pit Bull Saves Woman With Brain Aneurysm, Given ‘Neighbor Of The Year’ Award (VIDEO)
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