The attack took place in Grass Valley, California. Kaleb Bentham and his 90-pound pit bull Buddy when outside playing the day before Thanksgiving outside their home on You Bet Road.
Bentham heard something unusual and when he checked it out, he discovered Buddy had encountered the huge bear. He said:
I heard a growl, looked about 75-100 feet down, and the bear was dragging him by his head, had his head in his mouth,” Bentham said.
The horror of the sight propelled Benham to take quick action to try to save his beloved dog:
“I just ran down there, plowed into the bear, tackled it and grabbed it by the throat and started hitting it in the face and the eye until it let go,” Bentham said.
Bentham was terrified the bear would kill his dog but after the bear let go he said:
“My first thought was that I was going to lose him.”
Bentham raced Buddy to Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital. He called ahead and the staff was ready to rush Buddy into surgery as soon as they got there. Buddy required staples, stitches and tubes inserted into his head to drain fluid but he was alive.
“I just stood there and watched through the window for 3 1/2 for hours,” Bentham said.
As Buddy makes a full recovery, Bentham is still on alert. The bear has returned to his home three times, apparently looking for Buddy:
“It made an attack and had its food and it’s food got taken from it and it wants it back, I feel like,” Bentham said.
We think that bear better rethink he plans to return again because certainly Bentham will be keeping a close eye on his best friend. We’re glad that Buddy survived his attack and wish him the best in his recovery. For Bentham, he was just doing what came naturally to him when he saw his dog in danger, he said:
If it was your kid, what would you do. That’s my kid, I would die for my dog,” he said.
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