News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- You can spot Bonnie Boyce and her dog, Tucker, walking through her neighborhood on almost any given morning.
"He's got a great personality and extremely intelligent," Boyce said about her border collie mix.
The two were on their normal route when Boyce noticed another dog standing behind this fence. She crossed the road with Tucker to avoid antagonizing the other animal, but it was too late.
The pit bull squeezed through an opening of the fence.
"I mean blood was gushing out of his mouth during the incident. I screamed. I hollered," Boyce said.
Boyce said she could not get the other dog to release Tucker.
What happened next, she says, is nothing short of a miracle.
"I think he was put there at the right time in the right place," Boyce said.
Jay Lyda trains police and military dogs for a living with Southern K9 Solutions.
"Just instinct. I just put the truck in park and jumped out and got out of the truck and ran over," he said.
Lyda grabbed his dog training gear in the truck. Seconds later, he was able to get the other dog to release Tucker.
"You were a life saver. I don't know what to say except that you are a life saver," Boyce said to Lyda.
He is a little embarrassed by the attention.
"I know she appreciates it. I'm glad I was there, but I'm just an everyday person, who luckily trains dogs," he said.
Tucker is experiencing complications due to the attack. He is being held at a local veterinarian clinic for an infection.
The dog that attacked Tucker has a record of aggression. Animal Control says this is the second time this year the pit bull has escaped and attacked another dog. The owner of the pit was cited for attacking Boyce's dog.
Almost any breed of dog shows signs of aggression. Animal Control recommends not making eye contact with another dog while walking your pet. Stay calm if an attack does take place. Use pepper spray or a stick to break up the dogs up or to keep one off of you.
Finally, if your dog is attacked by another animal, make sure you document all vet bills and find out where the other dog lives. This could come in handy if you decide to take the case to court.