In March of this year, Buddy the pit bull rescued a boy whose mother had thrown him in the river in an attempt to drown him. It sounds like Buddy would be the hero of this story, but sadly, it was a bit more complicated than that as Buddy was taken into custody by authorities for biting the mother after saving the boy.
The mother of the unidentified nine-year-old boy is facing murder charges and attempted murder charges for drowning her five-year-old and trying to do the same to the nine-year-old.
Margot Stork, interim general manager of the Murray River Council, said that Buddy has been micro-chipped and the county is working towards getting the dog back to his owner, who is working with the Council to ensure compliance with the Companion Animals Act.
According to reports, the mother of the two boys was discovered trying to drown her two children in the Murray River at Moama.
After seeing that the boy was trying to fight off his mother, Buddy jumped into action. In the commotion, he bit the little boy as he was trying to drag him to safety, and bit the mother as well when she tried to come after them. While the nine-year-old survived, his younger brother did not. Authorities took Buddy into custody as they tried to sort out what happened.
"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," wrote the family.
The petition received over 50,000 signatures and officials have indeed decided to release Buddy back into the custody of his owners. The Council said they reached this decision because they found that Buddy was likely "acting in reasonable defense" of the little boy.
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H/T: We Love Animals