Poodle saves life of Louisville 7-year-old

Lynn Davenport
Lynn Davenport

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- A Louisville mom says she's thankful her daughter is alive, after a pit bull and Doberman attack in her own front yard.

It happened last Sunday evening in the 3000 block of Auburn Circle, in Jeffersontown.

Lynn Davenport says if it weren't for her poodle, Buddy, her 7-year-old daughter might not be alive today.

Last Sunday evening, Davenport was sitting on her front porch with her poodle in her lap, watching her 7-year-old daughter ride her bike.

It was a normal day, until the nightmare began.

"Two dogs came through the bushes and proceeded to go toward my daughter which was on the bicycle at the time," Davenport said.

Davenport says her small poodle, Buddy, jumped between the dogs and her daughter in an effort to protect the child.

"They just both lunged on him and just completely started to tear him apart." She said

That's when Davenport stepped in.

"Finally, I just kept kicking and hitting, and screaming." Davenport said, remembering the incident "So, they finally, at one moment let go and when they did I jerked my poodle up."

Amazingly, her daughter wasn't hurt . But, Buddy spent the last week at a Veterinarian's office recovering from his injuries.

"He's still got a long survival road to go. But, they're very positive. He may have to have another surgery." Davenport said.

Davenport points to what she believes is a problem of loose dogs intimidating her neighbors.

"But, there has been a couple of occasions where they have gotten loose from their owners and it has frightened the children."

Still reeling from the incident, Davenport says if it weren't for Buddy...

"My daughter wouldn't have made it." Davenport said as she wiped a tear from her eye "I don't think she would've made it through that. And it would've been my daughter...not my dog," She said "I just thank god that he was here."

Jeffersontown police chief Richard Sanders tells me police did respond to the Davenport home last Sunday to a report of a dog biting a dog.

Chief Sanders says they have turned the incident over to Louisville Metro Animal Services.

A spokeswoman for the city tells me Animal Control officers are investigating the incident.

No charges have been filed and their investigation continues

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