Dog Protects Owner, Thwarts Attempted Rape

| by Emily Smith
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A Washington dog is being hailed as a hero after he attacked the man who was sexually assaulting his owner on Thursday, March 19.

Convicted Level 2 sex offender Ralph Young reportedly knocked on the woman’s door and was allowed into her home to return some dishes he had borrowed. Young kissed the woman and touched her body – when she declined his attention, suggesting that she didn’t want to be a source of tension between Young and his wife, he forced her into her bedroom and pinned her to the bed.

Young tore off the woman’s clothes and she yelled in distress, which is when the woman’s dog began to bark. Young ignored the dog, who jumped up on the bed and attacked.

The dog "climbed on top of her and in between her and Young and started 'nipping' at Young," according to the police report.

Unable to thawrt off the dog, Young pulled up his pants and fled from the scene. 

After the woman called police, authorities were able to contact Young and arrest him. He was charged with second degree rape on Friday, March 20, though he denies ever entering the woman’s house. Young remains jailed with bail set at $300,000.

In 1995, Young was arrested and charged with kidnapping, robbery and indecent liberties after he carjacked a pregnant woman and her young son. Young sexually touched the mother and forced her to withdraw $100 from an ATM so he could buy drugs. The woman eventually threw herself out of the moving vehicle in order to escape.

Young was sentenced to 20 years in prison for those 1995 crimes, though it’s unclear when he was released.  

Sources: Life With Dogs, Seattle Times

Photo Credit: Life With Dogs