Tiny Chihuahua saves girl, 8, from terrible pit bull mauling
Honey sprang into action, saving Jenna Desrochers from the jaws of a massive pit bull. Despite serious injuries to her forehead and face, the young Canadian girl is expected to pull through.
When a vicious pit bull ripped into the girl’s face, her grandparent’s tiny Chihuahua flew into action — and saved her life.
Jenna Desrochers, 8, a third grader from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, had her forehead and eyelid ripped open, but will live and heal thanks to Honey, the Desrochers' 4-year-old Chihuahua.
Jenna was searching for bunnies in the back yard when the neighbor's pit bull escaped its enclosure and attacked her on Tuesday, March 19.
"The pit bull took Jenna down at the knees, that's what the owner had told me, and basically went for her face," Anne Marie Desrochers, Jenna's grandmother, told CBC News.
The family’s chihuahua ran to Jenna Desrochers’ aid as she was being attacked and lured the massive pit bull away from the girl.
Honey, 4, sprang to Jenna's aid and barked up a storm to distract the much-larger canine. The savage dog released the little girl from its powerful jaws and chased after the 4-pound hero, giving the owner a chance to collar the pit bull.
Jenna, who was bleeding profusely, held her head as she ran inside the home for safety. The extent of her injuries shocked her grandmother.
"As soon as she moved her hand, I just screamed," Desrochers said to the Windsor Star.
Jenna Desrochers had the skin on her forehead ripped open, exposing her skull, and her eyelid torn in half. Luckily, doctors say she has not lost vision in her left eye.
A flap of skin hung off the girl's forehead and exposed her skull. Her left eyelid was ripped open and she had another bloody wound on the right side of her face.
Jenna's grandparents immediately transported her to Chilliwack General Hospital, where doctors spent three hours sewing her injuries back together with hundreds of stiches.
"Knowing which dog did it, I did not know what I would see when I got there. I assumed it was going to be bad," Jenna's mother, Leslie, told The Province. "I didn't know if she still had an eye — there was just so much blood."
Luckily, doctors said Jenna did not lose vision in her eye. The girl was due to meet a plastic surgeon on Wednesday and, depending on her progress, she may be able to go back to school next week. Jenna was on spring break at the time of the attack.
Her family said if it weren't for pint-sized Honey, Jenna's injuries could have been much worse.
"I'm so glad that Honey distracted that dog because if it had gone for her throat that would have been the end of her," Jenna's grandfather, Paul Desrochers, told CTV News.
But Jenna was not surprised her four-legged friend came to the rescue. "I thought that she would help me and she did," she told the Windsor Star.
The neighbor agreed to have her pit bull euthanized the day after the attack.