Armed only with a booster seat, Ana Ramirez said she wasn’t scared when she ran toward two pit bulls that were attacking a boy and his husky in Turlock last month.
“No, I was just mad; I guess my anger took over,” Ramirez said. “My reaction was to defend.”
It wasn’t until she was awaiting treatment for bite wounds at the hospital well after the attack that she said she began shaking and realized the situation could have turned out much worse.
Ramirez was driving home with her 15-year-old daughter, rounding the corner onto her street, when she saw the boy. The leash was wrapped around his arm so he couldn’t get away as the two pit bulls – a male and a female – bit the husky.
Ramirez honked her horn but the pit bulls weren’t fazed. She grabbed the first solid object she could find, her grandchild’s booster seat.
She yelled as she ran toward the dogs with the booster seat, which sent the female pit bull running – but the male held his ground. Ramirez hit the dog with the booster seat, which turned its attention away from the husky and onto her.
The pit bull latched onto her right wrist. With her left hand, she hit the dog again with the booster seat and he let go.
The dog ran off and Ramirez walked the boy and his dog home. She said the boy suffered only a minor injury to his finger and the dog’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Ramirez said she stayed in contact with the boy’s family. On Tuesday, they were at the Turlock Police Department, where her heroic act was acknowledged by the department with a a Commendation Award.