Dog Saves Owner From Intruder, Provides Clue That Leads To Suspect’s Arrest


Anthony Easley was arraigned last week on charges of an attempted sexual assault and burglary that took place four months ago in San Jose, California.

And the credit all goes to gentle Maya, a four-year-old pit bull. She helped fend off Easley and brought authorities a clue to the case — Easley’s blood on her face.

Four months ago, Maya’s owner was opening up her front door when she came face to face with an intruder, Easley. He began to strangle her, but then the woman saw Maya come across the room.

She told Maya to “get him”, and the brown and white dog began to bite Easley and tried to get him off of her owner. The woman was able to grab Easley “where the sun doesn’t shine”, and he finally let go. With Maya ready to attack him some more, Easley ran off.

When police officers arrived to the scene, they didn’t find too much evidence, except for one — a drop of blood above Maya’s right eye.

They weren’t sure if that drop of blood would amount to much but it eventually did.

Several months later, the Santa Clara County crime lab extracted human DNA from the sample. It was then ran through the state’s database of samples taken from anyone convicted of a felony and those arrested or charged with a homicide or sex offense. The information finally lead to Easley.

When police officers told the victim of Easley’s arrest, she went home and hugged Maya. She said, “What would I do without you?” This brave pitbull was rewarded with a two-pound steak for helping save her owner’s life and providing a clue to the suspect.

Hooray Maya!

Source: San Jose Mercury News

(Thanks Nikki)

13 Responses to “Dog Saves Owner From Intruder, Provides Clue That Leads To Suspect’s Arrest”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    Maya! What a great girl and she saved her owners life. She sure is pretty too! She deserves many hugs for the rest of her life. Maya knew what to do. GOOD DOG!

  2. 2CatMom says:

    This is an excellent example of what bit bulls are really like. They love and are loyal to their family. And it doesn’t seem that the police had any problems with her. We need more stories like this one to counter the bad ones we hear.

  3. furmom says:

    The guy should be charged with criminal stupidity for attacking a woman with a pit bull. People who make it their business to attack others should know that breeds like German Shepherds and Pit Bulls can be deceptively friendly, unless you want to start a fight. I hope Maya gets to “testify” at the trial, as a “nose” and “eye” witness, she could easily identify the guy.

  4. Lynne says:

    “And it doesn’t seem that the police had any problems with her.”

    Excellent point.

  5. Jenny Bark says:

    I wish this story about Maya would be in every paper & every tv station in all America, because she is a Pit Bull mix. We need a lot more good stories of Pitts. Most all dogs will try to protect there owners, I know mine would even thou they don’t have the size or weight. Maya is a very good girl & boy is she pretty. I hope she is on home cooked foods & has a wonderful life for many many years.

  6. Janine says:

    Excellent Points! We will probably only read about this on Itchmo, while all the negative stories continue to make front page news. Let’s pass this around to everyone we know. Pitts save lives.

  7. Judy says:

    Good for you, Maya. Your took care of your family.

  8. Trudy Jackson says:

    Yeah for Maya. And for all Pitts. My grandsons’ would do the same thing. But they love us to peices.
    And also, that’s why i couldn’t live without dogs in the house.

  9. Lynn says:

    What a wonderful story.

    Good girl, Maya. I wish I could give you a big hug and kiss.

    I’ve forwarded this link to the major papers in my area. Please do the same for your area. The story needs to be told.

  10. Dee says:

    What a great story. Pit Bulls are the best. They are always friendly, but they are loyal as well. Good Girl!!!!!!!! All us Pit Bull lovers and owners are very proud of you. Agree though, wish this story made all the news stations. You never hear about how wonderful the breed is.

  11. Angela M. says:

    Did you know Maya was named National Dog Hero of 2008? has the entire story and more pictures of her. Click where it says 2008 Hero Dog. Thats my girl!!!

  12. Ezequiel M. Galvan says:

    thats my sister.

  13. Steve says:

    You have a very special dog. Treat her well and give her a hug and kiss for me. You do not know me, but I was on the panel that was picked for Anthony’s trial. The trial is due to start next week. They seem to want to throw the book at him. He deserves everything they charged him with. This is a reminder to all people that they have to be aware of their surroundings. I was not picked for the jury, so there are no legal issues involved. The judge even cautioned the jurors not to blog the details.

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