March 29, 2013 5:37 pm
Updated: March 29, 2013 8:06 pm

Chihuahua who rescued Chilliwack girl from pit bull given award for being a hero

Jenna was attacked by a Pit Bull

Jenna was attacked by a Pit Bull

Tyler Olsen / Chilliwack Times

A tiny Chihuahua named Honey who took on a pit bull and saved a young Chilliwack girl’s life has been given an award for being a hero.

On March 19, eight-year-old Jenna was looking for bunnies near her grandparent’s house when the neighbour’s pit bull knocked her over and bit her on the head.

Jenna suffered serious facial injuries and required hundreds of stitches.

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That’s when Honey, a four-year-old Chihuahua owned by Jenna’s grandmother Anne Marie Desrochers, intervened and barked at the pit bull, distracting it in time for Jenna to get away. Her grandmother came out and took Jenna to the hospital.

For saving Jenna’s life, Honey received a Small Dog, Big Hero Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals along with a special doggie bag full of vegan dog treats, a new harness and a fun toy, the organization said in a news release.

Pit bulls have been the subject of plenty of debate in recent years and some municipalities have banned the breed. While critics say pit bulls are inherently dangerous attack dogs, defenders say their demeanour is a reflection of how the dogs are cared for and raised.

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