On Halloween, a woman in Richmond, Virginia, was attacked by her abusive partner. Luckily, her beloved pit bull, Chako, was there and came to her rescue, but he did not come out unscathed.
Seeing his owner in an altercation with her abusive partner, Chako jumped in to protect her. His intervention turned the attacker’s attention onto the brave pit bull, and he stabbed the dog repeatedly.
“As any good dog would do, when he saw her in trouble, Chako intervened and came to her aid, trying his best to keep the attacker from hurting his beloved owner,” Ring Dog Rescue posted on their Facebook page. “As a result of Chako putting himself in harm’s way, the attacker turned on him and stabbed him no less than a dozen times around the neck and chest.”
Chako was rushed to a veterinary clinic and, as his story came to light, some generous people and organizations came to help the hero. Ring Dog Rescue and Gracie’s Guardians posted a PayPal link, asking for donations for the $3,000+ vet bills that had already accrued. Within a day, they had raised the necessary amount, thanks to 200 individual donations, as well as support from the Humane Society of the United States.
Chako is now resting and recuperating at home with his owner. He has a lot of healing to do, but thankfully he’s surrounded by a lot of love.
Photo credit: Gracie’s Guardians
11/7/13 – UPDATE – According to LivewithDogs.tv, “Chako is doing well and continues to recover with his mother. The person responsible was arrested and there is pending legal activity underway.”