Pit bull alerts sleeping Indiana boy to fire

Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:00pm EDT

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(Reuters) - An Indiana family's pit bull is being praised for alerting a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy's face until he woke up, authorities said.

Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing assistance implants while napping Wednesday afternoon as fire began spreading through his Indianapolis home, Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith said Thursday.

The pit bull, Ace, went into Nick’s room during the fire and licked his face, Reith said. Alone in the house, Nick covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and he and Ace fled the house. The boy was examined and released at the scene.

“We hear of dogs barking to wake someone up during a fire but not licking their face,” Reith said.

The incident counters a popular image of pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive dogs, Reith said.

“This is a positive for the pit bull community,” she said.

The homeowner believes the blaze, which did an estimated $175,000 in damages, started in the garage from electrical causes, the fire department said.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City)

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TeamPitAFull wrote:
This dog is not an exception to the Pit Bull breeds, rather… a prime example.


Jul 17, 2014 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bobo9 wrote:
Of course the dog’s going to wake up its owner in order to get out of the burning house.
Pit bulls are aggressive dogs, & that’s just inherant in the breed.
One example of a good deed like this doesn’t even start to offset the incredible number of attacks where a pit bull mauled a human for no reason.
Sorry pit bull owners, but unless you raise your animal properly — & that’s really key because too many of you raise them by reinforcing their aggessiveness — you’ve got a dangerous animal that better be kept fully under control by you at all times.

Jul 18, 2014 9:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:
Young children…1. Pit bulls…1000.

Jul 18, 2014 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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