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Shelter dog saves girl from predator

A couple of Saturdays ago, Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, was a resident of the Friends of Strays animal shelter in St. Petersburg, Florida. On one fateful Saturday, a 17-year-old volunteer took Mabeline on a walk.

Mabeline saves girl from attacker. Photo via News 10 Tampa Bay.

While walking along a path behind the building, the girl saw her assailant, became nervous, and started walking in the opposite direction. The assailant, a registered sex offender, pursued her, grabbed her hair, and pinned her down. The girl struggled to get free. Fortunately, Mabeline came to her rescue and was able to scare the attacker away.

Mabeline has been described by the shelter as a sweet dog and not what one would typically consider a guard dog. However, she jumped to action when her walker was threatened.

The teen was able to provide the police with a good description of the perpetrator. The St. Petersburg Police have since arrested Michael Paul Bacon, 41, and charged him with the false imprisonment according to Bay News 9 Tampa Bay. Bacon has admitted to the crime and is currently being held in the Pinellas County jail.

As for Mabeline, the heroic dog has since been adopted. Mabeline’s new adoptive parent, Mary Callahan, had no idea that her dog had saved the day. She first learned of Mabeline’s actions from 10 News Tampa Bay.

Upon learning about Mabeline’s actions, Callahan told 10 News, “I looked at my dog and I thought, ‘You are a hero.'”

This Saturday, Mabeline sits at her forever home with an owner very proud of her actions and a 17-year-old is very thankful for the help of her furry friend.