Early Sunday morning, under cover of darkness, a violent stranger attacked a young woman; today, the victim is crediting her dog with saving her life.
According to Monday's publication of Stuff.co.nz, the victim, a 19-year-old woman from New Zealand, was attacked by a man who jumped out from behind some bushes in Jellie Park, Burnside.
Though the young woman kicked and hit at the man, her efforts did little to defray his brutal attack.
The stranger was deterred after the woman's dog, described as a 13-month-old German shepherd mix, intervened.
The woman stated that her dog jumped on the man, biting him and growling, and dragging him away. Thanks to the protective dog's actions, the man fled and the woman was able to escape.
The young woman was injured by the attacker, but she survived; she worries, however, about others who might not have been as fortunate, stating:
"I see people cut through [the park] all the time. If it wasn't me, it would have been some girl without a dog."
Her dog, who she adopted just two months ago, is staying close to his guardian and she is grateful for his presence, stating:
"He's an amazing dog. It was a horrible thing, but I could have got murdered in a park."
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