Indiana Family Saved by Pit Bull

They’re calling it a “phenomenal act of heroism by a dog.” And that “dog” happens to be a pit bull.

While it seems pit bulls get a bad rep at times, one is being credited for saving the lives of his Bristol family members Thursday night. “It started here on the back porch, they said, underneath it. We have no idea how the fire started.”

When the fire began, Kemper Hunter, his girlfriend Sarah Laughlin and their three month old baby, Shelby, were asleep. They woke up to their pit bull “Thor” jumping persistently on the bed. Kemper Hunter says, “We kept pushing him away like, ‘Yeah, we’ll take you outside in a little bit. It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. We’re asleep.’ We kept pushing him away and then I pushed him one time to turn around and he hit me in the face with both paws and he nipped at me and I sat up, you know, my dogs never done that.”

Sarah Laughlin says, “I kind of peaked around the curtain we have in our hallway and seen the flames and smoke and it just freaked me out. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I just started screaming.'” Hunter says,”And we turned around. He had my daughter, which is three months old, in the bassinet, pulled to the front door ready to go.” They had only lived in this Bristol mobile home for a week… saying it had taken them months to find a place that would accept pit bulls. They say that’s a shame because Thor – regardless of his breed – is very smart and wonderful with kids. Hunter got him seven years ago when the pup was rejected by his mother.

Hunter says, “He’s seven years old. I’ve had him since he was born. I’ve got him through parvo and I winged him through that. We went to jail together one time, to be honest. and he’s just been a fantastic dog.” A dog who has now given back to his family. And as they start back at square one in trying to find a new home, they say, now, more than ever, leaving Thor is not an option.

Kemper says, “I’m overwhelmed. I mean I thank God for my dog. He saved my child. He saved my girlfriend here and he saved myself.” Sarah says, “He’s always been like our son to us, but now it’s like his our hero. He saved our lives.”

The family lost everything all of their clothing, household and baby items and would be grateful for any help. You can make a donation to them through the American Red Cross Elkhart County Chapter.

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from WSJV

41 thoughts on “Indiana Family Saved by Pit Bull

  1. What a great dog! I hope Thor is able to stay with them since they’re displaced. It’s great to hear some good PR for a pit bull for a change. Pitties are great dogs but all you ever hear about are bad stories about them. Yay for Thor! He’s a true hero!

  2. I’m glad the dog saved the family but that’s one in a million chances that a pitpull has done something good. I’m sorry but I know personaly that those dogs should not be around children. I lost my niece to a pit bull attack and it was her dog that they had raised from a puppy. And she had let the dog out every since she was big enough to open the door. An the dog attacked her for no reason.

    1. Dogs don’t ever attack for NO reason… there’s always something. It could be medical, it could be something they experienced at some point in their life. I would never hesitate to leave my son (who is 6) alone with my pitbull in any part of my home or anywhere! It is FACT that pitbulls are some of the very best family dogs – they are loyal and want to please their owners. If a child is involved in the dog’s discipline, daily care and play time, the dog views the child as an alpha and respects them. Simple as that.

      1. I AGREE 110% WITH JENNI!! PITS ARE NOT EVEN ON THE TOP 10 LIST OF BITING DOGS!! NOT ONLY THAT-WHO ON EARTH WOULD LEAVE ANY CHILD ALONE WITH ANY DOG – EVEN ONE RAISED FROM A PUP! DOGS, CATS, HORSES, LIKE PEOPLE, HAVE BAD DAYS THEY MAY NOT FEEL WELL TOO!! BUT STUPID HUMANS FORGET THIS! ESP. AS THE ANIMAL GETS OLDER! THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS – ONLY BAD OWNER (AND USUALLY VERRRY STUPID OWNERS!)!

      2. ANY BREED NOT ONLY PIT BULLS….NO CHILD SHOULD BE LEFT UNATTENDED WITH ANY BREED. PIT BULLS. ROTTIES, DOBBIES, COLLIES, LITTLE DOGS, MIX BREEDS HOUNDS, RABBITS ETC ETC IT DOES NOT MATTER…I WAS BIT DO MANY TIMES AS A CHILD AND STILL LOVE DOGS AND NEVER HAVE BEEN WITHOUT ONE…SAFE IS KEEP A WATCH

      3. It is very true dogs don’t attack for NO reason. Many people just don’t understand how dogs work or what to look for and so attribute things to being “out of nowhere.” Our family has 3 Rotties (one is currently a foster) and a pit bull that live very happily and safely with our 2.5 yr old daughter. She helps with their training, helps feeding and plays with them. She sometimes tries to play too rough, and although the dogs do nothing about it, she is reminded how to respect them. Pit bulls get a bad rep (as well as Rotties, and many large breed dogs) because there are ignorant people out there that abuse, mistreat and over breed not knowing what they’re doing – or use “training” techniques that are painful and misguided. They are amazing dogs and when socialized and treated with love and respect (preferably trained using positive reinforcement)and are wonderful, caring, loyal companions.

    2. Get a calculator, Lisa. It is actually the other way around. There’s about a one in a million chance of a pit bull doing something wrong. People, on the other hand, have a much higher failure rate.

    3. TOO BAD I’M GETTING TO COMMENT ON THIS VIDEO MONTHS AND MONTHS LATER – NEVERTHELESS, LISA, I THINK YOU BETTER GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT…I AGREE WITH EVERYONE HERE WHO HAS POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT PITS. BTW, IT DID NOT HAVE TO BE A PIT TO DO, WHAT WE SAY IN LAW, AN UNPROVOKED ATTACKED. THE DOG MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FEELING WELL. MOST IMPO, IF THEY HAD THIS DOG SINCE A PUP AND THIS WAS IT’S FIRST ALLEGED ATTACK, THEN SOMETHING MUST HAVE BEEN WRONG WITH THE DOG PHYSICALLY OR BOTHERING IT. AND, IF IT WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME THE DOG SHOWED AGRRES-SION, THEN WHOSE FAULT IS IT? IT IS THE OWNERS FOR NOT PICKING UP ON THIS SOONER! HOW STUPID CAN THE OWNER(S) BE FOR LEAVING A CHILD ALONE WITH A DOG THEY KNOW TO HAVE A PROPENSITY TO “HAVE ITS MOMENTS”. THERE’S MORE TO THIS STORY THAN WHAT IS BEING TOLD. IT DID NOT HAVE TO BE A PIT TO ATTACK. IN FACT, PITS ARE NOT ON THE TOP 10 LIST OF BITING DOGS AND ARE KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE MOST FRIENDLY AND TRUSTWORTH OF BREEDS (NOT THAT I CONDONE BREEDING OF ANY DOMESTIC ANIMAL). I AM AN ATTORNEY WHO DEFENDS DOGS IN CASE BROUGHT AGAINST THEM UNDER OUR VICIOUS DOG OR POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG LAWS. OUT OF THE DOZENS OF CASES, ONLY 2 WERE PITS AND NEITHER DID ANYTHING…SO I GOT THED “OFF” – NO DESIGNATION AND NO “EUTHANASIA”–ANOTHER MISNOMER FOR OUTRIGHT KILLING OF AN OTHERWISE HEALTHY ANIMAL. BTW, MANY OF THE DOGS WHICH SEEMINGLY FIND THEIR WAY INTO COURT (MOST B/C OF UNWARRANTED CLAISM AGAINST THEM, ARE GERMAN SHEPHERDS WHICH ARE ON THE TOP 10 LIST OF BITERS AS ARE HUSKIES, AS ARE CHOWS, AS ARE AKITAS, AS ARE ROTTWEILERS, AS ARE DOBERMANS…

    4. Totally disagree with you Lisa, you shouldn’t blame the pit bull for your niece, you should blame irresponsible parents. I’ve had my Pit bull for 6 years and he’s great with my kids. He’s a member of my family and I treat him like one of my kids. Pit bulls get such bad rep but all they’ve ever wanted to do is please their masters. I wish Pit bulls could be recognized for what they are: STRONG, LOYAL, PROTECTIVE, CARING dogs.

  3. Wonderful story. Way to go, Thor! Now, I’ve had lots of adventures with my dogs but I can’t say that I went to jail with them! That line made me smile but I feel badly for the family losing everything.

  4. What a Wonderful story regarding a Pit bull! Finally something positive regarding the pitties, you always just hear about the negatives about them. Thanks for Sharing this Story with us!
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  5. I tell people every chance I get that the Pit Bull or any “Bully” breed dogs are wonderful family dogs. In the early 1800’s that Pit Bull was nicknamed the “Nanny Dog” as they would help raise the children and keep them from getting into mischief. Helen Keller never went anywhere with our her pit bull!. It is sad that a few ignorant humans had to ruin the reputation of such a fabulous breed. We need more of these type stories. I am posting this far and wide, as we must get the word out so we can save this breed dog. It is also sad that landlords are so ignorant about renting, I got turned away seven times before we found our current home and I am the most gentle well behave Doberman ever!

    1. I have already posted a comment on here, but I want to thank all owners like yourself that are willing to put in the effort to find homes that allow ALL their family members, not just ones that fit in a tea cup. My husband and I got evicted from our apartment a few years ago because of our 2 Rotties. I was 8 months pregnant, but giving up our babies was never an option. We left, we’ve bought a home since and make sure to only use companies whose homeowner’s insurance has NO breed bans whatsoever.

  6. There are 2 issues with the Pits you see in the news. They are A) being treated badly and being encouraged to be mean or B) they are not raised/trained properly and they have become Alpha without the owners realizing it. Even Labs who are allowed to become “Top Dog” can become dangerous. Also, a Pit mix with ANY kind of guarding-breed dog is a BAD idea. Guard dogs require special training that most people dont know how to do. I’ve helped people train their dogs for many years, but I am not qualified to train a guard dog. And I wouldn’t try. its not the dog, its the owner; whether deliberate or by not knowing.

  7. If Thor still has trouble with landlords, his owners should have him take the Canine Good Citizen test (AKC) Then they can get home owner’s insurance, too, sorry no pun intended. Wonderful dog.

  8. lousy pit bull probably started the fire then woke you up…all just to be a hero…lol

    good job, thor. who’s a good boy? yes you are…yes you are!

  9. We love the breed as well and it is a shame that they get a bad rep. They are by nature “people pleaser” not people eaters! They are great with kids and very devoted to their families. My husband and I have always owned Pitts and they make the best pets. The stupidity of others and the media blaming things on the breed(most of the time its not even full blooded pitts or it may look like a pitt) is the reason they have a tarnished name. I think its wonderful that they finally are getting some good publisity!

  10. Well done Thor !!…….Dogs rule !!…………’Pity I live on another continent from you and your human family……….I would offer to home all of you until they could find another place to stay.

  11. Just show the angle are around us all the time and they can take form of a Dog.
    It’s just go to show that the pitbull breed is not a bad it the owners

  12. good lad,thor.another great advert for probably one of the most misunderstood animals on this planet.

  13. Pit Bulls are actually really good dogs. It depends all on how you raise them. We have a 2 yr old pit and a 2yr old son that were raised together. The pit loves our son just as much as our son loves him.

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