Pit Bull Sacrifices Self to Save Owner from Attacker

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A pit bull named Chako is recovering at home after being stabbed 12 times. He sacrificed himself and saved the life of his mom, who was being attacked by her abusive partner.

On Halloween, a Richmond, Virginia woman was being assaulted by her abusive partner when her dog, Chako, stepped in.

“As any good dog would do, when he saw her in trouble, Chako intervened and came to her aid, trying his best to keep the attacker from hurting his beloved owner,” Ring Dog Rescue wrote on their Facebook page. “As a result of Chako putting himself in harm’s way, the attacker turned on him and stabbed him no less than a dozen times around the neck and chest.

“Chako was rushed to a local veterinary emergency center but the owner, who survived the attack thanks in part to her beloved companion, did not have the money to pay for life-saving treatment.”

When Ring Dog Rescue and Gracie’s Guardians were made aware of what happened, they banded together to fund Chako’s treatment.

“Veterinary expenses have already exceeded $3,000 which is a lot for two non-profit organizations,” Ring Dog Rescue wrote.

A PayPal fundraiser was started, and within a day all the necessary funds were raised.

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“We would like to thank the over 200 individual donors as well as the Humane Society of the United States for their generous donation towards Chako’s care! We have now raised enough money to fully pay for his vet bills that were incurred & will be deactivating his Paypal link,” RDR wrote. “We are proud to report he is resting comfortably at home with his Mom. He has a long road to recovery, but is doing well & getting tons of love! We thank each & every one of you from the bottom of our bully loving hearts for pulling together & helping these victims out of a really bad situation We will continue to keep each of you posted via Facebook of updates.”

From Gracie’s Guardians Facebook page:

“Chako has gone home with his mother from the veterinary emergency center and is doing well. He’s keeping food down and slowly beginning the road to recovery. He has bandages that will need to be changed regularly and will have follow up visits to remove his drains and sutures. Chako’s mother wanted to express her sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has donated to Chako’s care and supported him through this ordeal, she really is incredibly thankful for so many good people stepping up to help and wanted us to share that. We also would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone for the donations, comments and shares. We’re still working with Ring Dog Rescue to tally the donations and address the vet bills but looks like the donations will cover a huge chunk if not all of the expenses. We’ll post more updates as we get them, but thanks so much to everyone! The public really helped up to support Chako and his case is a great testament to the courage and loyalty of a dog but also the compassion of a caring public to animals in need of help. Thank you.

“Gracie’s Guardians and Ring Dog Rescue want to send a HUGE (we wish there were a bigger word) THANK YOU to everyone who so generously donated and shared this information. As of now, the donations collected will cover Chako’s medical expenses which ended up close to $5,000. We had individual donors who donated between $1 and $100 and we also would like to thank the Humane Society of the United States for a generous donation they made to help Chako. Between all of the sharing off of our post and the one on the Ring Dog Rescue page, Chako’s story was viewed almost 100,000 times. Amazing testament to the power of sharing and the compassion of animal loving people everywhere. Chako is home now and recovering and everyone who donated and shared has played a critical role in his healing process. As we get updates on his recovery, we will post them. The donation link will be closed shortly. THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE’S SUPPORT!!!!!”

No other information is known at this time, but it is hopeful that Chako’s attacker was arrested and taken to jail.


11/7/13 – UPDATE FROM GRACIE’S GUARDIANS – Chako is doing well and continues to recover with his mother. The person responsible was arrested and there is pending legal activity underway.