It was an ordinary day when a 17-year-old girl was out on a walk with a shelter dog from Friends of Strays animal shelter where she volunteers in St. Petersburg, FL. She took Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix down a path behind the building when a registered sexual predator attacked.
The offender grabbed her hair and pinned her to the ground. Mabeline, who was described as an “absolute sweetheart,” stepped up for the girl, barking and scaring the attacker off enough so that the girl could flee.
“She was a wonderful stray dog who came to us and we were able to place her in a forever home,” Beverly Passe, executive directer of the shelter told FoxNews.com. “We have plenty more like her who need homes, too.”
Mabeline has been adopted since the incident by Mary Callahan who was not aware of her new pet’s bravery until she was told by news reporters.
“I looked at my dog and I thought, ‘You are a hero,’” Callahan told the broadcaster at WTSP.