LIONHEARTED CHIHUAHUA BEATS UP BEAR TO SAVE OWNER!
ASCRAPPY six-pound mutt — whose bark is as bad as her bite — fought off a 427-pound bear to save the life of her injured owner!
Melinda LeBarron, 51, was outside her Pennsylvania home when the burly beast attacked, grabbing her leg and dragging her nearly 90 yards!
But as she faced certain death at the teeth and claws of the vicious animal, her black-andwhite Chihuahua mix — ironically named Bear — came running to her rescue!
The hero hound bit the black bear several times and created enough of a distraction for Melinda to escape and drag herself home to call for help.
Melinda suffered broken bones and deep wounds during the mauling and is being treated at a local hospital.
“We asked if the dog went after the bear to protect her and if that is the reason she is still with us, and she nodded,” says daughter-in-law Cheyenne LeBarron.
The devoted pet also suffered serious injuries, including a broken sternum, a punctured lung and bite wounds.
“Bear is doing remarkable considering the situation. She lost a lot of blood and has been under some pretty strong painkillers, but the vet said she is alert and doing great,” notes Cheyenne.
The gigantic carnivore is still at large, but officials are hunting the critter, who they believe was an overprotective mother guarding her cubs.
But in the meantime, Melinda’s plucky pooch is being praised for her courage.
“That dog is the reason she’s alive!” crows Cheyenne.
Plucky pooch Bear protected owner from ferocious namesake The burly beast couldn’t get by pint-sized pup
Melinda LeBarron somehow survived the attack thanks to hero hound