Pit Bull Rescues Owner from Fire

A New York woman narrowly escaped a house fire this weekend, and she says all the credit goes to her pit bull, Cain.

On Friday, Long Island resident Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in an upstairs bathroom when she was alerted to trouble by Cain’s frantic barking.

Bonasera went downstairs and discovered her house was on fire. The flames had spread from the front to the back of the home, and had begun engulfing the garage.

Panicked, she ran outside — without Cain, who was still trapped in the house.

“I ran out of the house and my neighbors came running over, and then I thought about the dog — I’m like, ‘He saved my life, I have to save his,’” says Bonasera. ”So I just put my robe over my face and I ran back in and I grabbed the dog and then I stood out here and I watched my house burn.”

Bonasera is certain she would have been trapped upstairs in the burning home if not for Cain’s warnings. And not only is the dog her personal hero, but Bonasera’s daughter, Alexus Stallworth, says Cain is now “the town hero.”

“He’s a pit bull, too. They have such bad reps, but he’s such a good boy,” said Stallworth, who captured a video of the blaze on her phone.

Bonasera is probably correct that she would not have survived the incident without Cain’s help. The fire was so intense, 70 firefighters were required to put it out.

In this case, dog really is woman’s best friend.

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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Lydia Weissmuller Price

YAY! I'm so glad he wasn't left behind! What a good boy!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Kara, for Sharing this!

Patricia G.
Patricia Gall2 years ago

Here's Bonasera's chance to take center stage with Cain to help change the way others view pit bulls. I am sure with loving owners, proper care and training any pit bull can be a match to Cain.

Charlotte A.
Charlotte A.2 years ago

The kindness of animals.

Mark Botermuc
Mark Botermuc2 years ago


David V.
David V.2 years ago

I cannot believe she almost forgot the dog after it saved her life. I am so glad she went back in after him. Dogs will put their lives in danger to save the ones they love.

Emma Stone
Emma Stone2 years ago

Sweet and intelligent dog! God bless!

Manuela C.
Manuela C.2 years ago

A true hero!

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim2 years ago

Dogs are the most loyal friends we can get.