A pit bull will be returned to his owners after saving a 9-year-old boy that was thrown into a river by his mother.
Authorities said the pit bull, whose name is Buddy, will not be put down for mauling a 9-year-old boy because he was attempting to save the child’s life after he was thrown into a river by his mother, the Daily Mail reported.
‘”It is likely that the dog was acting in reasonable defense of the nine-year-old boy that was subsequently hospitalized,’” Murray River Council interim general manager Margot Stork said in a press release, according to the Riverine Herald. ‘”The NSW Police have advised council that they will not be seeking an order to destroy this animal.’”
‘”The dog is well and presently being cared for in a Murray River Council facility,’” Stork added.
‘”Since the incident, we have microchipped the dog and are working with the dog’s owner to register the dog and set up the appropriate conditions to enable the dog to return home.
‘”The owner has visited the dog at council’s facility and is working with us to ensure compliance with all obligations under the Companion Animals Act.’”
The decision came shortly after a petition to “Help Save Buddy” was started. In the description, the petition recounted the incident, and made the argument that Buddy was indeed trying to save the boy: