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PITTSBURGH - Earlier this month, WPXI reported a story about a teenager and his dog who heroically helped save a little girl as she was being attacked by a rabid fox.
Madison Hazen, 5, was playing outside when the fox came running into her back yard and suddenly assaulted her.
“I was down there, and the fox was coming around. It got my pant leg, and I had to run,” Hazen said.
Lucky for her, 13-year-old Ricky Howard and his dog, Domino, were nearby and rushed to help her.
“I kicked it, and he came out when it jumped here. I ran up and got a shovel and started beating on it,” said Howard.
Before Howard was able to prevent the fox from attacking again, Domino ran out of his cage and grabbed the animal.
“(The fox) came around again, and it bit the dog three times before it got me,” Hazen said.
Hazen ran off to her parents, who said they're thankful Howard and Domino were there to help their daughter.
“We’re thankful for a neighbor like Ricky and a dog like Domino. She probably wouldn’t still be here. She could have got mauled. We’re thankful, real thankful,” said Jared Hazen, Madison Hazen’s father.
Days after the incident, the health department said the fox tested positive for rabies.
Madison Hazen and Howard got multiple rabies shots, and Domino was ordered to be quarantined for 90 days. At the time, Howard’s family was told the husky might have to be euthanized.
“He’s always been a good dog, always been protective and loves kids. He just did what he would always do,” said Howard.
“Maybe it's thanks to the hundreds of huskies who sent photos and get well wishes from around the country!” Sapida wrote on her Facebook page.