If not for the quick-thinking of a Pitbull recently, a 14-year-old girl may have taken a deadly tumble off of a 60-foot cliff.
For too many people, they hear the word Pitbull and think automatically that they must be a violent killer. Some of us know the truth– as a breed, Pitbulls are loving, affectionate, and now and then, life-saving animals.
It seemed like any other day when George Conner, aged 46, and his Pitbull Max headed outside for one of their daily walks. George realized, though, when Max started acting strangely, that things were about to take a turn.
You see, the cliffside near Sussex, England is a popular spot for suicides, and George knew that.
Photograph of the cliff near Sussex Image CC BY-ND 2.0 from Tom Lee via Flickr
So, when Max started to whine a pull on his lead, George let him lead the way.
George told the Daily Mail that at first, he didn’t realize that he was looking at a little girl.
“I could see a shape and thought it might be some rubbish, but when we got closer I saw someone was sitting up there on the cliff edge.”
For his part, the Pitbull named Max refused to leave the girl’s side until help arrived.
Photo of a Pitbull, not Max Image CC BY 2.0 from jvoves via Flickr
No one knows how long the little girl was up there, or how she got there. However, by the time Max and George reached her, the effects of hypothermia had already set in.
George told the Daily Mail that the officers scaled the side of the cliff to try and get the girl’s attention — and she wasn’t moving.
“So they decided to pull her through the fence and away from the edge,” said George.
The cliff outside of Sussex Image CC BY 2.0 from YorkshirePhotoWalks via Flickr
George described the girl’s condition:
“She wasn’t really coherent,” he said. “It looked like she was suffering from hypothermia and the police said her eyes were rolling back into her head.”
It’s a miracle that Max found the girl when he did.
“She was sitting on a part of the cliff where, if she had passed out and fallen, she would have died,” George explained.
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Luckily, Max got there just in time. The police took the girl to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and she’s expected to make a full recovery.
Photo of the cliff near Sussex Image CC BY-SA 2.0 from lee roberts via Flickr
“A police officer came up to me and said, ‘you’ve saved her life,’ but I said, ‘no I didn’t, it was Max how found her,”‘ said George.
One thing is sure, here at Animals Being Cute, we want to thank Max and his dad for helping a little girl in need.
Featured Image CC BY-SA 2.0 from lee roberts via Flickr
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