Pit Bull Is Neighbor of the Year for Saving Woman’s Life

Most choices for “Neighbor of the Year” are human, but a pit bull named Titan received that honor at a ceremony held by the Vintage Pointe Neighborhood Association in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Titan saved Gloria Benton’s life when she fell and fractured her skull after suffering a brain aneurysm. Her husband John was preparing to leave for work. Had Titan not run up and down the stairs, urging John to follow him, Mrs. Benton would have been dead before her husband found her at the end of the day.

Other pit bulls are credited for heroic deeds. In September, a pit bull helped save an elderly woman who rolled down a hill and was stuck against a sewer grate. In a 2009 case, a neighbor’s pit bull saved a woman being beaten by her former partner.†And fans of Pit Bull Sharky will be familiar with videos of the lovable pooch gently tolerating a menagerie of ducks, chickens, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits. (See video below.)

On the other hand, an 11-year-old boy in Surrey, B.C., was ripped apart by a pit bull, who would likely have killed him had a neighbor not attacked the dog with a baseball bat.†In Yuba County, California, a pit bull bit a five-year-old and only backed off when shot by a neighbor. †The owners said he was a family pet and had never shown any violent tendencies.

Pit bull supporters blame bad owners for the breedís vicious reputation. The American Temperament Test Society gave them a higher temperament rating than most dogs in a 2011 study. However, the dogs were bred for bull- and bear-baiting as well as dog fights. They are a muscular, aggressive breed and need the right owners.

The Dog Breed Info site cautions:

The American Pit Bull Terrier can be willful with meek owners and needs a firm hand. They are generally okay with other pets if they are raised with them from puppy hood.† They are very friendly, but not recommended for most people, because most people do not understand how to properly raise and treat a dog.

Pit bulls are known to be exceptionally loyal and loving with humans but aggressive toward other dogs. R.E.D (Rescue Every Dog) offers good advice on training and living with pit bulls†and warns: “This is NOT a breed for everyone! The only way to repair the pit bullís bad reputation is to keep them in the hands of responsible owners.”

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Photo from Texasgirly1979, video of her pit bull, Sharky

244 comments

Mary Cromley
.1 years ago

I've never met a pit bull that I didn't like.

Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan1 years ago

Pit bulls are not for everyone. Truer words were never written.

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz2 years ago

Thank you

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

great story

KAREN G.

It's the ignorant jerks that make a pit bull mean!!! OMGEE I love Sharky ♥

Jeannet Bertelink
Jeannet AWAY B2 years ago

Good words, Mike P. !!!!

Jeannet Bertelink
Jeannet AWAY B2 years ago

for me is a pitt bull, like every other dog, and every owner is different.

Jim N.
James N.2 years ago

I wish no ill to any animal, but I'll stick with my cats. I've seen too much regarding pit bulls with my own eyes, in real life; not on video. I do think that bad owners are the cause of a lot of it. But that comes with a + sign. A bad owner + a pomeranian won't cause much damage. But a bad owner + a pit bull can kill people and other dogs. Again, I wish them no ill and if a good owners wants to own one, I fully support their right to do so.

Theresa Worrell
Theresa W.2 years ago

Some of the problems are caused by over breeding which has ruined the temperament and reputation of many breeds of dogs. The doberman pinscher, German Shepard, St. Bernard and dalmatian have all at one time been over bred and each breed demonstrated unpredictable temperaments for a time while popular. However, today none of these are considered "inherently dangerous" and are considered good family dogs.

Tanya Selth
Tanya Selth2 years ago

Kind of sad that what I thought was going to be a very nice article about people being rescued by pit bulls.. giving one that nice inside feel. But then turned into an article talking about how they've killed people (there went the nice feel).