Pit Bulls have a bad rap. They are known as aggressive and mean dogs when in actuality you can't generalize an entire breed. I believe there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Dogs are like kids, you have to teach them right or wrong. Any breed of dog can be the sweetest or the meanest depending on how they are raised. Many owners of the breed will say they are uber sweet and very loyal companions but still, Pit Bulls have the worst misconception all wrapped around their name. This is a story about one of those Pit Bulls...
Meet Hurley, the Pit Bull lab mix. His owner's sister, Stacie shared his heroic story on her Facebook page and it took off. Hurley's story is helping change the stereotype around this 'aggressive' breed. Stacie's brother, Shelby was out walking his dog around the neighborhood one evening. Because it was late at night, he had Hurley off the leash so that the dog could explore and play. Out of nowhere, the two heard screaming coming from a child down the road. Immedidallty, Hurley took off towards the screams. Before Shelby could do anything, his dog was gone. Here is what Stacie posted on her Facebook page...
“My brother was walking his pit bull lab mix, Hurley, in our neighborhood field around 10 pm. He walks him this late so he can let him off his leash so he can do what he loves to do, explore all the different smells. They heard a young kid scream and before my brother knew it, Hurley took off after the scream.”
“With my brother close behind, he saw Hurley grab a copper head snake away from the little boy and fling it around, later found out he had killed it. The little boy ran to his mother's vehicle and drove off so fast that my brother was unable to find out any information on the little boy. (We are assuming because they left so fast that he was bitten and being rushed to the ER) My brother then went on to call animal control and the Highland Village Cops showed up to check out the scene.”
“They asked to take a look at Hurley to see if he was bitten. To my brother's surprise, he was bleeding, had a swollen neck and foaming from his mouth. Sure enough, they found two puncture wounds in his upper lip. Shelby rushed Hurley to Denton Animal Emergency Hospital where he stayed the night so they could check his blood clotting ability multiple times through out the night. Shelby and Hurley both got home this morning. Thank God, Hurley is doing a lot better this morning, just seems a little uncomfortable with his swollen face and neck,” Stacie Ray continued.
Stacie concluded, “It was later discovered the little boy had come across a copper head nest and hopefully Hurley prevented him from getting bitten or at least getting bitten multiple times. We are still trying to find out who the little boy is and make sure he is okay. Here’s our hero pit bull. I’d like for his story to get around for those who judge his breed.” Wow, what a rescue! Great job Hurley!
There is no official word on how the boy is doing but since they haven't seen anything on the news, Stacie and Shelby believe he must be doing okay. I bet that little boy will never mess with a copper head nest again.
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