Gutsy Shelter Dog Saves Teen From Violent Attack by Sex Offender

A former stray, brave Mabeline now has a forever home.


Gutsy Shelter Dog Saves Teen From Violent Attack by Sex Offender
The mugshot of a heroine: Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, stopped a potential sex crime last week in Florida. (Photo:

When a 17-year-old Florida woman volunteered at Friends of Strays, an animal shelter in St. Petersburg, she never dreamed that the innocent task of walking a dog would turn into a desperate struggle with a violent attacker.

According to Fox News, the woman was walking down a grassy path behind the shelter with Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, when convicted sex offender Michael Paul Bacon chased her, grabbed her by the hair, and pinned her to the ground.

Whether out of instinct, gratitude, or some combination of the two, Mabeline began barking frantically and Bacon took off.

He was later apprehended.

Shelter staff describe the 38-pound heroine as “an absolute sweetheart.” Life-saving Mabeline has since been adopted.

“She was a wonderful stray dog who came to us, and we were able to place her in a forever home,” the shelter’s executive director, Beverly Passe, told “We have plenty more like her who need homes, too.”

Mabeline’s new owner, Mary Callahan, wasn’t aware of Mabeline’s superdog pedigree when she adopted her, but now sees her new pup in a whole new light.

“I looked at my dog, and I thought,  ‘You are a hero,’ ” she said.