Dog Rescues 12-Year-Old Girl From Man Allegedly Chasing Her

An incident over the weekend proves once again that dogs really are a human's best friend—as a loyal canine in Ohio reportedly saved its 12-year-old owner when she became caught in a dangerous situation on Saturday.

According to WKBN, the incident occurred in Fairfield Township when a man, reportedly driving a 1970's model Ford pick-up truck, allegedly chased the young girl.

The girl eventually ran up the driveway of her father's store, located on Columbiana Waterford Road, at which point the driver of the car appears to have gotten out of his vehicle in order to follow her. As the girl ran, her father's dog pounced on the man, knocking him to the ground.

According to a police report obtained by WKBN, the dog "got him pretty good."

The man then fled the scene in his truck, which is being described as having a "two-toned" maroon or rust color. As he left Columbiana, he reportedly headed in the direction of New Waterford. It is not currently known why the man was allegedly chasing the young girl.

Neither the dog nor the girl have been reported to have sustained injuries from the incident.

While the incident did occur over the weekend, the complainant didn't file the police report until Monday, believing they did not have enough information. The Columbiana County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking information regarding the truck or its driver's whereabouts, as noted in a post to their Facebook account Tuesday morning.

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"Man, woman and little one's best friend! Thank God for this dog, hope he gets a juicy steak for his heroic deed!" wrote one Facebook commenter.

The Columbiana County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Dogs are fiercely loyal and often go to great lengths to protect their human companions. In March, it was reported that a husky sustained fatal injuries while protecting its family from a deadly cobra in Malaysia. The two creatures entered what was described as a "stalemate," with each having significantly injured the other—but the brave husky succumbed to its injuries. The family had rescued the dog two years earlier and named it Dao Bai, after the protagonist in Disney's Dumbo.

These two examples are far from the only times a courageous pup has stepped up to rescue or otherwise protect its owner. Dogs have been reported saving humans in countless life-threatening situations—ranging from medical emergencies to fires, avalanches, kidnappings, bear attacks, drowning, and more.

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