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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

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