Dog newly adopted from pound saves family from intruder

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, November 13, 2011 18:50 EDT
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A dog rescued from a pound by a couple who were concerned that he might be euthanized repaid their act of kindness just six hours later when he saved their home from an intruder.

When dog-lovers Lee and Elizabeth Littler of Hillsboro, Ohio adopted the badly underweight St. Bernard and named him Hercules, they expected they would nurse him back to full health before passing him along to another owner. That was before Hercules made a mad dash out the screen door and chased down a man who had cut the wires to their house and was trying to get into the basement.

The burglar was able to pull free and get away, probably because Hercules was still weak from the apparent coyote attack that had left him weak and bleeding when he was taken to the pound. Now Lee Littler says, “I think he’s definitely earned a permanent home.”

Moreover, since the first reports of his heroism came out on Friday, Hercules has become an “international sensation,” with his story being retold all over the country and abroad.

This video is from ABC News, uploaded to News Distribution Network on November 13, 2011.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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