He opened her closed mouth with force and with all his strength held him to the ground. A vet saved the life of a 2-year-old girl from the brutal attack of an American Staffordshire terrier dog. He was in the right place at the right time: the attack took place in a driveway, all of a sudden. She passed by, heard shouting and barking and intervened, “acting on instinct.”
The gruesome scene is captured by the security cameras of a house in the Spanish village of Ceutí, in Murcia. Mom and daughter were walking quietly in the driveway when two dogs were seen running, barking and fighting. The woman tries to pick up the little girl and the dog pulls her towards her, dragging her for several meters.
The mother does everything to get her daughter back but she can’t: the terrier is relentless. It is then that some passers-by begin to come to their rescue, including the veterinary Fatima Peláez who first tries to distract him with a shuffle and then throws herself around his neck to forcefully open his mouth.
In this way he manages to make her leave the child and push him away, keeping him on the ground with his weight. “I immediately realized he wasn’t feeling well and my instinctive reaction was to put my hand in his mouth to open it,” she says. “At first I thought it was a dog attack, I never thought a child was involved.”
The dog was unleashed and without a muzzle and was not vaccinated against rabies: the owner was untraceable, it is not known if he will be reported. Fortunately, the child will not have long-term consequences: thanks to the courageous intervention of Fatima, the worst could be avoided.
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