A woman was walking her Staffordshire Terrier in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, when she was attacked by a man who she said attempted to rape her. What the criminal didn’t expect was the woman’s dog coming to her rescue.
The unidentified woman had just visited her mom’s house and was walking home when the man began his assault. According to the woman, the man put his hands over her mouth and yanked her by the hair.
“I hadn’t seen or heard a thing, he came out of nowhere. He had his hand on my mouth and he pulled my head back by my hair with such force that I have lost patches of hair and have lumps on my head,” the woman told Belfast Live.
“I thought I was going to die but all I could think of was my three children.”
The woman tried to shout for help against the man’s hand, and as the assailant pulled the woman to a dark area of Barnis Road, the woman’s Staffordshire Terrier, Lola, sprang into action.
“He used his other hand to try and pull down my trousers and then he said, ‘Your dog can watch.’ He had a foreign accent but he was too strong and I was so terrified I couldn’t get turned round to see him,” the woman told Belfast Live.
Lola would have none of that.
“I had let go of the lead and all off a sudden Lola was growling and growling and then she sank her teeth in his arm. Lola had a really good grip of him in her jaw and he started to struggle to try and get her off.
He let go of the woman as he tried to fend off the dog, and when the dog freed her jaws from the man’s arm, he ran off, the woman said.
“I am so thankful I had Lola with me. She is a 2-year-old Staffie and she is just so gentle normally. She is such a placid dog at home but I can’t even bear to think what would have happened if she hadn’t been with me.
“Her instinct to protect kicked in and if it wasn’t for her I have no doubt what would have happened, she is our hero.”