On March 2, 2017, a pit bull named Buddy rescued a boy whose mother had thrown him into a river in Australia. While this sounds like Buddy would be seen as the hero, the story of his fate that unfolds will surprise you.
The mother of an unidentified 9-year-old boy faces charges of murder and attempted murder after allegedly drowning her 5-year-old and trying to drown the older boy, according to Daily Mail.
Buddy saw that the boy was trying to fight off his mother and jumped into action. He bit the little boy as he was trying to drag him away from his mother. When the woman came after the boy, Buddy bit her too.
The 9-year-old boy survived. Sadly, his little brother did not. Rangers took Buddy into custody until they could complete an investigation. After he was taken, the dogs' owners started a Go Petition to get their furry friend returned to them.
"We are trying to save our dog 'Buddy' a pit bull cross who has been seized due to awful circumstances by the council. We are hoping the council can see what this dog was trying to do and let him come home instead of punishing him for the rescue efforts he has done. Please help," the family wrote.
With the petition drawing more than 50,000 signatures, the officials decided to release the dog to his owners. Murray River Council interim general manager told reporters that the dog was released because they found that Buddy was likely "acting in reasonable defense" of the child.
The grandfather of the two boys also participated in the petition. "I own a similar dog and I know he was trying to save the boys, it's their nature when they are raised with kids. Let the ones who his actions affected decide. I have one grandson left, because this brave dog took action as required," said the grandfather to Daily Mail.
Buddy was microchipped and returned to his owners, the Independent reported.
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