For Miguel and Ada Rojas, entering the twilight years of their lives was supposed to be a time filled with joy. Unfortunately, the last few weeks have proven to be the exact opposite. At 83 years old, Ada had to be hospitalized after she attempted to save her dog, Gucci, from being viciously attacked by a stray. Sadly, Gucci didn't make it. Ada would go on to receive more than 100 stitches following the attack, and Miguel, 89, also had to be hospitalized due to a spike in his blood pressure.
It's sad to think about it, but attacks like this are not uncommon in the United States. In 2012 alone, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs. Whenever incidents like this happen, some members of the public are quick to point the finger at certain breeds: pit bulls and Rottweilers. According to DogsBite.org, "In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and Rottweilers."
While it's difficult to argue with statistics like those, there is something to be said about what these two breeds are commonly used for. Many defenders of the animals point out that these breeds are popular among owners who use them, in part, for intimidation or protection. These owners tend to foster aggressive behavior through training and neglect. This results in dogs that are quick to viciously attack anything in their sights.
Like with most things, there are two sides to every coin, and these incidents are usually less one-dimensional than they appear. For Ada and Miguel, pointing the finger doesn’t do much to make their situation better. But little did the couple know, things were about to turn around. A good Samaritan by the name of Mario Cambo happened to hear the story of what happened to the couple. Mario said in an interview with CBS Miami, “I saw the story yesterday and right away I said I needed to do something, so I did.” Wee Puppy Paws Kennel decided to offer a Chihuahua for $300 – half price – and Mario paid for the rest to donate the pup to the Rojas family.