This pit bull was almost put down for 'mauling' a boy – but it turns out he was actually saving the child's life

By Kirstin Buick
06 March 2017

Buddy the pit bull cross was nearly euthanised after he bit a young boy. But that's not the whole story.

Buddy the pit-bull cross was nearly euthanised after he bit a young boy in New South Wales, Australia. But that's not the whole story.

As it turns out, the pup was actually pulling the nine-year-old boy from a river. And Buddy's actions saved his life.

Metro reports police said the dog "was acting in reasonable defence of the nine-year-old boy", and will now be reunited with his owners. Buddy came to the boy's rescue after the child's mother allegedly tried to drown him in the Murray River near the town of Moama. The 27-year-old woman, who can't be named to protect her children, had already succeeded in drowning her five-year-old son.

She's been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The police initially thought the nine-year-old had managed to struggle free from his mother and run up the riverbank when he was “savagely mauled” by a dog, according to

Buddy was seized by the Murray River Council pending an investigation into the tragic series of events.

Buddy's owners started a petition to save their heroic pet from death.

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"Buddy the dog reacted and attempted to save the boys. In doing so he bit the eldest boy in his rescue attempts. Unfortunately he was unable to save the youngest boy and also bit the mother," they said in their petition.

"Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the gentlest dog. He clearly saw a child in distress and attempted to help."

Fortunately for the family, authorities have agreed.

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"The New South Wales (NSW) Police have since advised . . . that the dog in question was responding to extreme circumstances and it's likely the dog was acting in reasonable defence of the nine-year-old boy who was subsequently hospitalised," said Margot Stork from the Murray River Council.

"The NSW Police has advised council they won't be seeking an order to destroy this animal.

"Since the incident we've microchipped the dog and are working with the dog’s owner to register the dog and set up the appropriate conditions to enable the dog to return home."

The matter appeared briefly in the local court in the town of Deniliquin on Monday morning, The Western Australian reports, where the mother was charged with murder.

It's been reported the woman has battled an addiction to crystal meth for years.

The premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said there would be a thorough investigation into the "human tragedy of the highest proportion".

In an update on their GoPetition page, Buddy's owner wrote, "I just want to tell everyone that our boy Buddy is coming home. He has a few things to get into place before he comes home but the main thing is he's coming home.

"Please share and we all can't thank you enough for all your support in sharing and help in fundraising for him. Thank you all so much. xxxx"

Sources:,, The Western Australian

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