A heartwarming story came out of St. Petersburg, Florida this month, recounting the heroics of a 38 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback mixed breed dog named Mabeline.
Mabeline was a resident of the no-kill Friends of Strays animal shelter, where she was being cared for by shelter staff and volunteers while she waited for her forever home. A 17-year-old volunteer and Mabeline were out on a Saturday afternoon walk, headed down a path behind the shelter when they were allegedly attacked by a registered sex offender who lives in the area. The suspect, who has been identified as Michael Paul Bacon, allegedly pulled the teen’s hair and pushed her to the ground. Mabeline, who has been described as “an absolute sweetheart,” began growling at Bacon. This sufficiently scared the man, giving the teen and Mabeline an opportunity to flee from the area.
The teen could not adopt Mabeline due to a family member’s allergy, but the hero has since found her forever home with adopter Mary Callahan. Mabeline’s new owner was unaware of her dog’s heroic act at the time of her adoption. Bacon has been arrested by the police and charged with imprisonment. Shelter volunteers are no longer walking dogs along the path where the teen and Mabeline were allegedly attacked by Bacon.
Fox News interviewed Friends of Stray’s Executive Director Beverly Passe. “She was a wonderful stray dog who came to us and we were able to place her in a forever home. We have plenty more like her who need homes, too.”
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