Joshua thanks Kathleen for saving his life

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A Stranger Saves Boy from Pit Bull Attack
Kathleen was on her way to work when she saw 7-year-old Joshua being chased by two pit bulls. Without thinking twice, Kathleen jumped out of her car and ran towards Joshua to help him. Kathleen tried to scare the dogs off, but they would not stop attacking Joshua. Kathleen threw herself over the bleeding and screaming little boy using her body as a shield. "This was a child, a little tiny boy screaming for help," Kathleen says. "I didn't have a choice in the matter. I just did what was needed."

When the paramedics arrived, Kathleen's left eyebrow had been detached from the skull and she had multiple teeth marks on her arms and on her back. Joshua's ear was almost completely torn off. He also had bite wounds by his scalp, on his hand and on his arm.

"Thank you for saving my life," Joshua says to Kathleen.

Kathleen says now she carries a small baseball bat in her car so the next time someone needs help, she'll be better prepared.
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Published on December 01, 2004

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