A dog is being hailed as a hero after the animal prevented an attempted abduction by biting the man who grabbed its owner.
Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia, said in a statement posted to Facebook July 28 that authorities are on the lookout for a man who tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl.
The girl was walking her dog at approximately 3:50 p.m. when the man approached and grabbed her arm. In response, the girl's dog bit the suspect and the man fled. The victim, who remains unnamed, was not reported to be injured.
Despite a police K-9 unit thoroughly searching the area, the man has still not been found. Police are calling on the public to aid in their search and have posted a physical description of the man.
The suspect is described as a "Hispanic male, unknown age, 5'3", 145lbs with a thin build, short brown hair and a goatee," according to the department's Facebook page. "Last seen wearing a white striped shirt and light colored long pants."
Facebook users were quick to compliment the dog.
"Glad she had her dog who protected her!" one person wrote. "He's a hero!"
"Where do I send dog treats?" another person asked.
A similar story occurred in 2012, when a pit bull prevented an armed kidnapper from leaving the family's home in Indianapolis with a 3-month-old baby.
Authorities say that a man and a woman broke into the house of Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez while her husband was still at work, Yahoo! News reports. The pair entered through the back door and confronted Garzon-Jimenez, demanding money.
"She started screaming and crying, and said, 'Someone just stuck their hand in the door,'" said her husband, Adolfo Angeles-Morales. "The guy said, 'Give me the money or we take the baby.'"
When Garzon-Jimenez said that she didn't have any money, the woman grabbed the 3-month-old baby and attempted to flee through the back door.
However, the family's pit bull was standing outside the backdoor and prevented the pair from making off with the child.
"One of the doggies didn't let her go through the back door," she said.
The woman "threw the baby back" at Garzon-Jimenez. Both suspects then fled the scene. The baby was unharmed.
Gazon-Jimenez was hit in the head with a gun during the encounter and was treated for cuts and bruises.