(INSIDE EDITION) It was a heroic "tail" of bravery as a stray dog put his life on the line to rescue a woman during an attack in Georgia.
Dubbed ‘Hero,’ the pit bull stood between the woman and her attacker, and lunged at the man as he allegedly pulled out a knife.
Hero was stabbed five times and was left for dead until two kind officers came to his rescue.
Officers Timothy Clay and Daniel Seeley brought the courageous pooch to a local vet where he died twice during surgery.
“He collapsed several times,” said Carla Welch, founder and director of Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue in Tennessee. “His gums were white, which meant that almost all of his blood was gone.
According to Welch, Hero was a well-known stray in the neighborhood and knew the victim well.
The pit bull lived most of his life on the streets but may have had owners in the past due to a microchip found inside of him.
“Most pit bulls are really protective,” said Welch. “They can sense danger and when someone gets loud, it perks their attention.”
After having rigorous surgery, Welch brought Hero to the pit bull rescue shelter, where the pooch is currently being cared for.
“He gets a checkup every day,” Welch said. “Hero has even gained 2 ½ pound and loves his treats and belly rubs. He’s such a good boy.”
Hero is currently up for adoption and looking for a new, loving home – preferably with a dog bed and an air conditioner he can sleep under.