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Posted: February 16, 2018

Family’s pit bull protects boy, 9, from intruder, police say

Police: Boy, 9, Protected By Family’s Pit Bull From Intruder

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LINCOLN, Neb. —

A family’s pit bull protected a 9-year-old boy who was home alone, scaring off a burglar Wednesday afternoon, according to police

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The boy, who is not being identified, was upstairs while his mother went to pick up his siblings from school around 5 p.m. when the burglar entered the front door, according to the Linconl Journal Star

The boy came downstairs thinking his mother had returned, only to lock eyes with the intruder. 

“He started chasing me upstairs and I called my dog down and they started to fight when my dog got downstairs," the boy told KLKN

That’s when Baby Girl, the family’s pit bull, sprang into action. She jumped between the boy and the burglar, who ran from the house without taking anything, according to KLKN.

"The dude pulled the blinds down on my dog's head and then ran away and shut the door," the boy told KLKN

News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

The boy ran to a neighbor’s house and called police. 

Lincoln police said the parents of the 9-year-old will not be cited for leaving the child home alone. 

Baby Girl was treated to a lollipop for her heroic actions.


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Family’s pit bull protects boy, 9, from intruder, police say

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Lonely-looking greyhound waits for children to read to him 

A greyhound’s long face when no children came to read to him during a library program sparked the attention of social media and filled up the canine’s calendar.

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Sting, a greyhound racer turned therapy dog, has children read to him at the “Paws to Read” program at the White Bear Lake Children’s Library. 

However, no one showed up to a recent reading, leading owner John Muellner to post pictures of the dog in the empty library.

“Unfortunately nobody signed up to read to Sting at the White Bear Lake library tonight,” Muellner wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “If you know of a 4 to 8yr old who would like to read to a dog. Please contact the White Bear Lake library by phone or their website about the Paws to Read program.”

The post went viral and now Sting is booked through April. 

"We’ve had multiple calls of people who just want us to hold the phone up to Sting’s ear so they can read to him," White Bear Lake Children’s Librarian Ann Wahlstrom told KARE. "We’re just so touched that people are taking time out of their schedule and loving Sting and giving us a call and checking in. We’re just overwhelmed with love."

Because of the overwhelming response, the library also added more days for children to read to Sting.

  All Sting the library dog wanted was to listen to kids read, but no one showed up
  Pit bull credited with saving woman’s life

Pit bull credited with saving woman’s life

Bruce would not stop whining and scratching at the door Tuesday. 

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The urgency of the noises drew Abby Leathers over to let out her pit bull out the front door, which was strange, since he usually goes out back. 

Bruce, who is named after Batman’s alter ego, ran outside and directly to a pond where a half-naked woman was standing in the water trembling, confused and scared, Leathers said

The woman, who did not speak English, and Leathers were unable to communicate with eachother. Leathers got some towels and dry clothes for the woman and called 911. 

Police and paramedics responded. Her family had reported her missing and arrived shortly after as well. 

“It was an eventful morning, and someone's mom and grandmother did not freeze or drown in a pond because of my wonderful pitty bull Bruce,” Leathers said.

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