A 9-year-old Bakersfield boy is being called a hero after he saved a girl and her dog from a pit bull attack.
Drew Heredia said he and a friend were walking a small dog Dec. 30 when a pit bull jumped on the dog. The unidentified 12-year-old girl reportedly tried to save her dog, prompting the pit bull to turn on her.
Heredia said he jumped on the pit bull and applied a choke hold that he learned while taking classes at a Brazilian jiujitsu studio in southwest Bakersfield.
“It was kind of a heart-pounding moment,” Heredia said. “It was very scary.”
He said he held the dog for 20 minutes until an animal control officer arrived.
“At first, I wanted to kick it, but then I thought it’s not a good idea, because it could get my leg,” Heredia said.
The girl was taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital where she was treated for puncture wounds.
The pit bull was quarantined at the animal control office, where it will be euthanized after 10 days. No one has claimed the dog.
The girl’s dog was injured, but it’s expected to survive. The dog ran away during the attack but returned home Friday afternoon.
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