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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dog saves girl from attack by sex offender

A shelter dog is being hailed a hero for saving a Florida girl from an alleged attack by a sex offender.
National Puppy Day it seems all too appropriate that one Florida shelter dog is being lauded for her heroic efforts as woman's best friend.
A shelter dog has been hailed a hero after saving a Florida girl from an alleged attack by a registered sex offender.

The 17-year-old was volunteering for St. Petersburg animal shelter Friends of Strays when she took Mabeline, a Rhodesian ridge back mix, for a walk. When a 17-year-old girl left St. Petersburg's Friends of Strays animal shelter to walk a dog, she never imagined her volunteer work would lead her to be the one in need.
But as the teenager walked down a path behind the building, the attacker allegedly chased her down, grabbed her by her hair and pinned her to the ground, according to WTSP-TV.

 "She was a wonderful stray dog who came to us and we were able to place her in a forever home," the shelter's executive director, Beverly Passe, told "We have plenty more liked her who needs homes, too."
Bacon has since been arrested and charged with false imprisonment.
Police said Michael Bacon, a registered sex offender, overpowered the girl and she was unable to escape his grip.
Mabeline's new owner, Mary Callahan, told the station that she was unaware of the dog's heroic act when she adopted her. When she learned the back story, she saw Mabeline in a new light.
"I looked at my dog and I thought, 'You are a hero,'" she said.

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