Mum claims family pit bull puppy is a hero, after the dog woke the woman up and attempted to grab her baby by its nappy as their home went up in flames.

Latana Chai told KCRA News the eight-month-old dog Sasha had been in their Californian backyard just before midnight on Sunday June 3 when she began acting strangely – barking and slamming her body into the back door in a desperate bid for attention.

“As soon as I opened the door she runs in, starts barking, and I’m like, ‘What the heck is wrong with you?” Ms Chai told KCRA.

When she went outside she quickly realised why her dog was so distressed.

Black smoke was coming from her neighbour’s property and she saw the blaze was spreading to her home, KCRA reports.

Ms Chai sprinted back inside and the eight-month-old dog had already beat her to seven-month-old baby Masailah.

“I ran into the room and I see Sasha, she has my baby like, you know, by the diaper, just like dragging her off the bed, trying to get her to safety,” she said.

The mother said she grabbed her baby and pup and called emergency services.

Ms Chai says she probably would not have known about what was unfolding if her dog had not been yelping or throwing herself at the door.

Share your comments below

  • What a smart dog to let you know there was an emergency and to try to get your baby to safety. I hope the neighbours appreciate what your dog did as well.


  • What a story to tell her when she’s older, beautiful dog.


  • What a clever dog. a real hero!


  • Pit bulls have a horrible reputation but I’ve seen worse coming from a small yappy dog. Finally a good story about this so called “dangerous” breed.


  • Wow, what a strong & protective instinct ! Beautiful.


  • Amazing story


  • Nice to hear a good story about a pitbull – hope all turned out OK


  • What a great dog!


  • Wow ! Great story! What a hero dog! ( although i cant stand to see the dog licking the baby’s face ! ;-) )


  • That’s a heart warming story.


  • Dogs can feel danger much quicker than us. Great how he sprang immediately into action!! :-)


  • Not the first time a pet has saved a family member. Great story.


  • An amazing dog,a very touching story.


  • Well Done Sasha , do hope you received an extra cuddle and dogie treat.


  • Pit bulls get such a bad rap but they really can be the most amazing family pets


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