If there’s one breed of dog that is the most misunderstood and faces the most unfair prejudice, it’s the pit bull. Despite research that proves to the contrary, many pit bulls are considered dangerous and many are abandoned and abused as a result.
Those who do own pit bulls know the breed to be sweet, loyal, and loving and to be great with children and want to alter misunderstandings about the breed. One such owner is Shelby Rae English and his sister, Stacie.
Hurley is a pit bull and Labrador mix that belongs to Shelby, and the pup turned out to be quite the hero when he broke out of his leash during his walk with Shelby. Why had he done this? He’d heard a scream and was running to the rescue.
The dog ran towards the source of the cry and spotted a young boy being attacked by a copperhead snake, a venomous reptile with a deadly bite. Hurley leaped for the snake and tugged it off of the child, then shook it viciously and flung it around, effectively killing it. The young boy was immediately scooped up by his mother and they drove off, presumably rushing to the ER.
In the process, Hurley was bitten too, but Shelby didn’t notice this until animal control showed up and wanted to take a look at the pup. His neck was swollen, and his upper lip had been punctured by strong bites. He was beginning to foam at the mouth as well. Thankfully, Hurley was rushed to the Denton Animal Emergency Hospital and survived.
Stacie later shared this story on Facebook, where it went viral, in an effort to spread awareness about the selflessness of this misunderstood breed. Hurley sure is a big hero!
Share away, people.