Rescued Pit Bull Rescues Owner

A New Jersey man hiking in a state park said he was was alarmed to see a pit bull running down a sand path dragging her leash behind her. Bayville resident Frank Dellarosa encountered the dog Friday while walking near a cranberry bog in Double Trouble State Park.

Dellarosa managed to catch up with the one-year-old pit bull mix, and assuming she was lost, picked her up and started to walk back towards the park’s office, intending to turn her in.

But “Lilly” was restless, and had other plans. When Dellarosa paused to to put her down and she began frantically pulling him down the path, back towards the direction they had come from. Surprised by her determination, Dellarosa decided to follow her. In a matter of minutes the cause for her consternation was apparent: Lilly led him straight to her owner, who was laying unconscious, about 150 yards from where Dellarosa first saw the dog.

Dona Timoney, 51, of Beachwood, had suffered an undetermined “medical event” while walking Lilly, Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said. “She was unconscious, but breathing,” he said.

Timoney is being treated at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Detective Smith said her condition had not been disclosed.

Lilly is staying with Timoney’s daughter, who said Timoney had previously rescued the dog from a “drug house” in North Carolina. Apparently Lilly never forgot that act of kindness, and when given the opportunity to return the favor, came to the rescue of the woman who had rescued her.

Detective Will Cullen responded to the scene, and said Lilly and her owner obviously shared a special relationship. “The back of her car was filled with treats and bones,” Cullen said. “She’s obviously an avid animal lover.”







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  • June 3, 2012 6:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Milenko

    I love news where pit bulls are shining like they are for real !

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  • June 3, 2012 6:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stacy

    Never discount the importance of loving an animal.

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    June 3, 2012 6:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    thats the kind of stories we like to hear!!!!!!! hurray for the pittie!!!!we love you pitties!!!!!

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  • June 3, 2012 6:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anaperla

    I am so happy someone did something to help this dog!

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    June 3, 2012 6:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tatz

    hope the owner pulls through, I love bull terriers (all of them no preference)

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    June 3, 2012 6:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Julie

    WOW!!!!!!!

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    June 3, 2012 6:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elizabeth

    aawwww she was lucky!!

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  • June 3, 2012 6:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marilyn

    Just goes to show you that there are always two sides to ever story.

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    June 3, 2012 6:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amy

    If people knew the truth about pit bulls every home would have one;). Most are great dogs that don’t get enough positive press!

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      June 5, 2012 11:31 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Its not bad dogs its just BAD OWNERS.

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  • June 3, 2012 6:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Connie

    Praying for the owner to get well for she can be with Lilly again and give her plenty of treats for her rescue of her mom.

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  • June 3, 2012 6:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stacy

    Sadly Jon, it’s not a breed trait as people think. It’s a bred trait. Only mean dog is a dog trained (or treated) to be so.

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    June 3, 2012 6:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Randie J

    Awesome story–too bad THIS doesn’t make headlines…..only the alleged maulings get the media’s best efforts :(

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  • June 3, 2012 6:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carla

    Pit Bull Power

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    June 3, 2012 6:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amy

    Educate yourself Jon. My pit would never touch anyone in a harmful manner.

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    June 3, 2012 7:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lucyn

    Great story!

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  • June 3, 2012 7:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Hombre

    wag wag wag wag… my buddies rawk!… wag wag wag wag wag wag wag wag

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  • June 3, 2012 7:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

    I feel sorry for ignorant people like Jon. He will never know the love and loyalty that a pit bull can give. I have worked in the animal care field for 16 years, and I own 2 of them. They are the best dogs, and I will argue with anyone who says otherwise. The people who neglect, torture, and train them to do bad things are the real monsters. Other breeds of dogs bite and attack people. Most reported “pit bull” attacks aren’t even really pit bulls at all, but mixed breed dogs that are labeled as pits to create a sensational story. Educate yourself, please.

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      June 5, 2012 11:37 amPosted 2 years ago
      Jackie

      I wrote on here just a while ago, its not the dogs that are bad its the BAD OWNERS. In the early l960 in the UK I was involved with German Shepherd Dogs, being notorious for biting people, mostly were not pure German Shepherd Dogs. Many people take on a dog and have no idea of what the breed is about. So nice to hear a good story put for the Pit Bull.

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    June 3, 2012 7:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Diana

    Somebody needs to send this story to that Maryland judge who recently opined that all “pit bulls are inherently dangerous animals.”

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      June 5, 2012 11:39 amPosted 2 years ago
      Jackie

      Pure ignorance to make a comment like that.

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    June 3, 2012 7:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    Darn it!! It wont let me share!!!!! Grrrr

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    June 3, 2012 7:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    Whoop!! Bad service at work! Walked outside and was able to share! Great story

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  • June 3, 2012 7:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Catherine A.

    I am thankful Lilly happened upon a person who didn’t think “Killer dog” at the sight of a Pit and stopped to help her. Especially glad that Lilly didn’t run into a policeman. Both she and her owner might have died.

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    June 3, 2012 7:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    Oh well i tried but when i clicked on the link i share it said “something went wrong”

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  • June 3, 2012 7:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nikki

    So glad to hear another great story about the wonderful breed of put bulls!!

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    June 3, 2012 7:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kendra

    this can’t be true, pits are mean…that’s what most people think anyways! i love hearing great news about pits like this! they get such a bad rep and don’t deserve it…yeah, some are mean but that’s because they were taught to be mean! there are so many that are so loving! the little lap dogs can be just as mean, but since they’re small people say it’s cute…loved this story because the pit saved her owner, but sad it happened to her owner. i pray she has a great recovery and can reunite with her loving lilly!

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    June 3, 2012 7:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Betty

    great story yeah for the pits in the world they r good dogs

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  • June 3, 2012 7:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Meeche

    I love Pit Bulls – they’ve been given a bad name which they don’t deserve yet, everyone thinks of them as mean and killers – they are sweet and gentle like any other dog!

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  • June 3, 2012 7:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Belinda

    I love these dogs they are loyal an the ones I have meet have been taught to be good an listen to the owner an I hate that these dogs are always the bad ones they are what u make them go Lily u should get a reward for your saving your master love these dogs

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  • June 3, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katie

    Great story but i wouldnt expect anything less from these loyal loving dogs, my pitbull is a joy to own x

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  • June 3, 2012 7:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cassie

    Love! And of my four rescues, my pit rescue would follow me to the moon and back and save me from anything! She is amazing! And some day….I want four just like her!

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    June 3, 2012 7:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Becky

    See, our babies love us too <3

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    June 3, 2012 7:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    I wish we could somehow give the whole breed a different name from “Pit Bull”….The name carries with it such baggage….Years ago, it was Dobermans…then Rotweillers…and even German Shepherds had been discriminated against….These poor animals were taught to fear and hate….it is a learned behavior…bless this sweet dog who saved her new owner! <3

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    June 3, 2012 7:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

    It’s amazing what dogs do for their people!

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  • June 3, 2012 7:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patrick

    This is the same breed that governments want to ban. Better to ban lousy owners.

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    June 3, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Leslie

    Another pittie angel named Lilly!

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    June 3, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michele

    Love, love, love stories like this!!!

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  • June 3, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donald

    Great story…owners make pit bulls what they are…it’s not in their genes…

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    June 3, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nag

    @Mary La Plante…i agree…i had a doberman who was so timid :) just his size made people think otherwise.

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    June 3, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wendy

    and people says pitties are bad.

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    June 3, 2012 8:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joan

    Gorgeous story:) I hope she makes a speedy recovery Well done Lilly

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  • June 3, 2012 8:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Beautiful story!

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    June 3, 2012 8:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracey

    Lilly you are what is good about dogs. I hope that Lilly’s owner will be okay and that they can continue to have a great life together.

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    June 3, 2012 8:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Awww what a #beautiful story. Dogs have such big, beautiful hearts. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

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  • June 3, 2012 9:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katina

    This kind of story should be on the Front page of every newspaper in the Nation.

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    June 3, 2012 9:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    GOOD DOG!!!!!

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    June 3, 2012 10:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Am I mistaken or did the list just get censored because someone doesn’t agree with everyone else about pit bulls on here? For shame. I enjoyed the site bit can’t tolerate that sort of blind one sidedness.

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    • June 3, 2012 11:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
      ADMIN (Author)

      You are correct. Ignorant comments are deleted with glee. It’s one thing to disagree, but stating that the dog will probably eat someone afterward is clearly trolling. Another comment like that and the user will be permanently banned.

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  • June 3, 2012 10:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    That is why I will always own a pit/pit mix they are just great dogs plain and simple there are so many stories of dogs coming to the aid of there owners and others , and a good percentage of the dogs are pit or pit mixes

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    June 3, 2012 10:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Naida

    Shared.

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