Pit bull hailed as hero after saving boy from swarm of bees

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OREGON CITY, Or. – An Oregon City family is calling their pit bull a hero.

Tuesday evening, a group of kids were playing near a creek down a steep embankment behind their apartment complex when one of the kids stepped on a rotten log, unleashing a swarm of bees.

The kids tried making their way back up the hill toward home for help, but 8-year-old Jesse-Cole Shaver couldn’t.

Luckily, that’s when “Hades” did her doggone best to help, grabbing Jesse-Cole by the leg of his pants.

“Hades saw me and came and dragged me up to the grass and stopped and let me crawl on her back and took me to my mom,” Jesse-Cole told Fox 12.

His mother, who did not want to be identified, says she was in her car when she heard the kids screaming and running up the hill surrounded by bees. She was astonished to see her dog dragging her son to safety, after he’d already been stung at least 24 times.

“A couple of these kids could have gotten really sick or died, I’m sure of it,” she told Fox 12.

Her daughter, Jasmine Jones, 14, was stung five times and is allergic to bees, so she ran to grab her EpiPen while a neighbor called 911. Both children were taken to Willamette Falls Hospital for treatment and were released after a few hours.

“Oh, I thank my puppy,” their mother added. “I’m so glad we adopted her.”

The kids say they won’t go back down the trail behind their apartment ever again


  • bob

    Anybody else smell a hoax? He RODE ON HER BACK? Come on. Really? You had me at “tugged on his pants leg”, but riding home on her back oversold it.

    At least she didn’t sprout wings.

  • dave

    well i dont know about pits as far as being vicious or not, i know im leery around them because ive been attacked before. i also know when you build a case against them about dog attacks it dosnt look good at all.

    but i dont think its unreasonable to believe the dog understood there was a chance the child couldnt fend for him self and did something about it. although i too dont know about riding on its back id like to see the numbers ie the weight of the child vs the dog to get an idea of the dog could have even drug the child. but ether way wether or not you like pits its not terribly uncommon to hear about dogs doing great things like this. and although i do think we often over exaggerate how much our pets are affectionate etc. i do think dogs can love people enough to legitimatelee (wow is lagitimatelee really not a word) sacrifice for them in similar ways.

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