The 61-year-old Irish actor’s intervention saved the stray dog, “solidifying his big-screen heroic persona through real-life action,” writes News Max on March 21.
Neeson was reportedly jogging solo through the park earlier this week when he heard a woman scream and abruptly backtracked to see if she needed help.
“Liam charged down a path and confronted three gangbanger wannabe types who were throwing rocks at a stray they’d cornered up against a trash bin," a source told ShowBizSpy.com.
Neeson allegedly charged at the teens and “yelled that they’d better stop or he’d knock the crap out of them.” According to witnesses, the teens, perhaps not recognizing the tough guy from his roles in Taken and Taken 2, told Neeson to mind his own business.
The ShowBiz source said Neeson, who was an amateur boxing champ before going into his acting career, warned the teens “to back off fast – or else!”
A police officer then arrived at the scene, and the teens fled.
“Liam just shook his head and approached the shivering dog, stroking it while the policeman assessed its injuries,” the source said.