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Shelter Dog Rescues Teen Volunteer from Sex Offender

Shelter Dog Rescues Teen Volunteer from Sex Offender

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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9:41PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

A forever home for Mabeline. Fab!

6:13PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

I love this stoy

12:03PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Great story.

3:14PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

all things considered this story ended well. Could have been a lot worse for both girl and dog.

YeaH ! Mabeline!!

3:03PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

What a good dog.

8:43AM PST on Jan 14, 2014

Bravo Mabeline!

3:27AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Dogs are known for their loylaty and love, and she will not only be a companion to her new family but a protector as well

12:32AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

What a terrifying experience for that 17 year old! Too bad she couldn't adopt the dog herself. She must feel a bond with that dog.

12:27PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Dogs are awesome!! Great story.

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