Honey, the heroic chihuahua who helped save an eight-year-old girl from a pit bull attack, has been recognized by PETA.
The story, published last week in The Progress and other media outlets, gained international attention. The folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) heard about the little Chilliwack hero and decided to award Honey with PETA’s Small Dog, Big Hero Award plus a ‘doggie bag’ of vegan dog treats, a toy, and a harness.
“Every dog who finds a loving home is fortunate — but, as Honey demonstrated, so are the families who earn the love of a cherished companion,” says Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice president of cruelty investigations with PETA, in a press release dated March 29.
“PETA hopes Honey’s selflessness and bravery will remind everyone of the many rewards of sharing our lives with animal companions, and the importance of valuing their devotion by becoming the best guardians possible.”
Jenna, a Grade 3 Strathcona elementary student, was playing in her grandparents’ evergreen-treed backyard in Rosedale during spring break when the neighbour’s pit bull escaped its enclosure and attacked her. The dog had Jenna by the head.
Honey, being the protective little dog that she is, began growling and barking at the pit bull. The pit bull released Jenna and turned its attention towards Honey. Fortunately, the pit bull’s owner was soon able to grab and leash her dog before it could do much further damage.
Jenna was rushed to the hospital where she received hundreds of stitches to her head and face.
The pit bull was put down.
Jenna is currently recovering at home.