Buddy, a 9 -year-old family pit bull, was a really good boy last year, when he rescued a 9-year-old who had been thrown in the river to die by his mother. Not only did the pit bill rescue the boy, he bit the mother for throwing him in the river. He also unfortunately bit the boy in his rescue attempt. That was not a malicious bite however.
According to US laws, usually when a dog bites a human, he is ultimately destroyed. However, Buddy’s family started a huge social media following and group, explaining the situation.
A mother threw both of her children into the river to die. Buddy managed to rescue one of the children. The other unfortunately was not rescued in time. Buddy’s case was put on hold until authorities could decide what to do with him.
Now, the family has received some happy news! Buddy the dog will be returned home.
Opposing Views reports:
“The owner has visited the dog at council’s facility and is working with us to ensure compliance with all obligations under the Companion Animals Act.’”
The decision came shortly after a petition to “Help Save Buddy” was started. In the description, the petition recounted the incident, and made the argument that Buddy was indeed trying to save the boy:
On the 2nd of march 2017 a mother of 2 has attempted to drown her children in the Murray river at moama. In this selfish mothers attempt to drown her 2 boys buddy the dog has reacted and attempted to save the boys in doing so he has bit the eldest boy in his rescue attempts unfortunately he was unable to save the youngest boy and has also bit the mother. Buddy is his name and he is a pitbull cross and has since been seized from his owners who are distraught by not only what this mother has done but also that our dog has been seized when he should be [labeled] a hero instead. Buddy doesn’t have a history of being a dangerous dog and most certainly hasn’t ever bitten anyone and has never been seized before for anything. Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the most [gentele] dog, he has clearly seen a child in distress and attempted to help, dogs don’t have hands to help like us humans they have to use their teeth and in doing so it’s being [portrayed] as [if] this dog has attacked the young boy.
The petition collected more than 45,000 signatures before being closed.The 9-year-old boy is currently being treated for dog bites at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The 5-year-old’s body was found in the river on March 4.