“An argument in the city of Fort Myers turned violent after 48-year-old Walter Williams arrived at a house to see his ex-girlfriend Lisa Potts,” blackistednews.com reports. “Williams was brandishing a knife and threatened Potts.” Which would have been excellent time to end the argument by pointing a gun at Mr. Williams and, if necessary, aerating him. That’s not the way it turned out . . .
Letting her instincts get the better of her, Lucy the pit bull rushed to defend her family member as she lunged towards the attacker, only to get a knife in the neck for her troubles. “Lucy lunged at him and he caught her right in the neck. She still was fighting him, and that’s when all three of my sons jumped on Walter and held him down to the ground,” Potts said.
“Letting her instincts get the better of her”? Shouldn’t that be “following the instinct to defend her pack”? The dog is a hero, of course. But who wants to lose a cherished family pet to a knife-wielding maniac?
Potts mentioned that Williams had stabbed one of her sons in the arm, but added that things could have been much worse but for Lucy’s heroic actions.
“If it wasn’t for her, man, I’m telling you. He could have killed one of us,” she said.
Lucy had been with the family since she was a pup, but tragically she had to be put down the day following the attack after succumbing to her injuries.
“I’ll remember her. She did her job. She did what she was supposed to do, and I am going to make sure that she leaves her name on this earth,” Potts’ son Rodrick Gibbons said.
Williams was arrested by police and charged with battery.
Dogs are an excellent defense against attack. Even small dogs (like my miniature schnauzers) can play a crucial role, by warning of threats or distracting attackers. Even so, there is no substitute for a defensive firearm. Lucy RIP. [h/t KL]