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Pit bull saves owner from javelina attack

javelinaAn Arizona woman is crediting her adopted pit bull with saving her life after she and the dog were attacked by a pack of javelina.

Heidi Diedrich said the two-year-old dog, who she adopted from a county shelter eight months ago, chased off as many as five of the wild animals after they charged her and knocked her to the ground in Scottsdale on Thanksgiving day.

JoJo, the pit bull, received more than 100 sutures for his wounds but is recovering.

Diedrich said she and the dog were walking before sunrise in a park near her Scottsdale Ranch condo when she heard hooves behind her and was knocked to the ground.

“I couldn’t see anything,” she told the Arizona Republic. “I just know I kicked something.”

JoJo wriggled out of his collar and both he and the javelina disappeared in the darkness. Diedrich didn’t see what happened next, but she heard fighting and yelping in the distance.

When JoJo reappeared he was covered with blood. Vets found about 10 cuts and gore wounds from the animals’ tusks.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Javelina attacks are rare, state wildlife officials say. While capable of inflicting serious harm with their razor sharp incisors, they generally avoid pets and humans.

Jim Paxon, a spokesman with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said Diedrich and JoJo were likely attacked because the javelina felt threatened.

“They might have been running from something else and already … felt threatened,” he said. “But when they came in contact with the lady and her dog, they were reacting to a perceived threat and they were acting like wild animals.”

Paxon advised anyone who encounters a javelina to quietly move away. If it’s too late for that, he recommends climbing a tree or fence, or running away in a direction perpendicular from them.


Comment from Debbie Bell
Time December 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

This woman needs to get a better fitting collar! Had her dog not chased the j-pigs, he probably wouldn’t have been injured. Most pit bully people I know would have made up this story after letting their pit attack wildlife and then being surprised at the dog’s injuries. They educate each other about how to “defend” pits! This owner certainly must take better care of her dog. The next time he gets loose he might return covered with the blood of a victim: dog/child/ elderly neighbor, all the while simply being a “good” pit bull.

Comment from Chad
Time December 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I’m so glad that the dog is going to be okay. It’s amazing what dogs will do to protect their owners.

Comment from William
Time December 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Debbie… Did you try to make the most ignorant comment on this story?? If he hadn’t ran and got them away from it’s owner she could and most likely would have been killed or severely injured.

Comment from Marion
Time December 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I am so happy that your hero, your wonderful, ever loyal pit bull was able to come back to you still alive!! He chased that animal because he fel he needed to make sure that the wild pig wouldn’t come back to hurt and kill YOU!! He gave no thought to his own life, such are the most wonderful dog’s in the world!!! AndI doubt an elderly Senior will be wanting to attack you anytime soon!!

Comment from Erika
Time December 7, 2013 at 2:01 am

What a scary experience. I’m glad that she’s fine and that her dog managed to survive the attack. JoJo is a lovely girl, and she seems very attentive to her owner. Glad everyone is going to be fine.

Comment from Chris
Time December 7, 2013 at 2:14 am

Debbie Bell you are an idiot

Comment from Matt
Time December 7, 2013 at 2:43 am

Debbie Bell, you’re making a huge assumption about this person and it’s not fair. Don’t be a dick.

Comment from Jess
Time December 7, 2013 at 3:14 am

Debbie, you’ve clearly never encountered a javelina. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were younger javelina with a mother pig. They can be very territorial, and a ‘perceived threat,’ could be nothing more than you dragging your trash can to the curb in front of your home at dusk or dawn. Or going for a walk where they can see you, but you can’t see them, even if its a route you’ve taken many times before. Javelina can grow to 200 lbs. They aren’t exactly small animals. And by the way, a dog’s collar should be loose enough that they can escape from it if they were to get caught on something- like a chain link fence, or in this case, a wild animal attack. The collar and leash, assuming the dog is properly trained, is more of a psychological restraint than a physical restraint. If you’re depending on a nylon cord to keep your dog under control, you’re doing it wrong. And, no, I DON’T own a pit and never have.

Comment from Linda H.
Time December 7, 2013 at 5:05 am

@Debbie Bell….you have got to be kidding me! You believe all the media hype about this awesome breed. Shame on you! If it were a Lab, a Golden, a Poodle or any other breed, you would have been singing their praises. “What a good, brave dog! Chasing all those nasty piggies away and protecting their owner!”
Because it was a Pittie you spew venom about how next time he’s going to eat the faces off the neighbors! Go climb under a rock…all the dogs will be safer with you gone.

Comment from Kristi
Time December 7, 2013 at 5:51 am

^Wow @Debbie Bell! You don’t have much faith in people do you? It is very likely that this dog (which yes, happens to be a pit bull) was trying to save its owner. Most dogs will do that. You are apparently an anti-pit bull person who believes the stereotypes about these “vicious” dogs and their horrible owners. You might as well have thrown in a comment saying the owner must be African Americans and said “you people”. Please educate yourself about dogs and their likelihood of defending themselves and their family. Please also recognize that pit bulls are not villains on the search for their next victim.
This is a wonderful story of a dog protecting his owner. I’m glad neither was seriously injured.

Comment from Jennifer Christian
Time December 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

Good dog jo jo! And for the record debbie bell your an ignorant ass. If this dog had been a lab or some other breed you would not have said that b.s. your a perfect example of someone who has probably never even met a pit bull and yet you drink the media diarrhea and believe everything they put out. Meet one before you judge one. If het loyal dog hadn’t been there she would have been gored to death

Comment from Melissa
Time December 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I was going to comment to Debbie Bell, but you all covered it so nicely. Carry on my pibble peeps!

Comment from Mariana Hansen
Time December 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Debbie, may God bless your damaged spirit!

Comment from charles
Time December 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

It sickens me at how ignorant some people are. Do your research on apbt before showing your ignorance Debbie. And yes I am a owner of a Pit bull and the worse thing people who come around her have to worry about is her licking them.

Comment from Zoongizi Giigido Noodin
Time August 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Wow… look at you all…. GROUP THINK much?!!


Comment from A Runt
Time April 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Debbie Bell, go pet your cat because, clearly, you aren’t a dog person or you would be more knowledgeable. It’s sad that you made your ignornce so public, and the silver lining is that now, just maybe, you’ll seek to educate yourself on dogs, the different breed traits, AND the traits all breeds share in common.