A young Brooklyn woman is safe today, many believe because of the heroic actions of her boyfriend’s 5-month-old pit bull pup, Apollo.
Maya Fairweather, was at her boyfriend’s apartment Monday evening when she decided to take his new, high-energy puppy for a walk in the Red Hook Recreation Area park. It was about 10 p.m.
She put her headphones on and let Apollo off the leash to get some exercise in the park.
“I felt someone pull my headphones,” she told the New York Post. “I thought it was my boyfriend grabbing me, so I turned around and smiled — but it wasn’t my boyfriend.”
The man, a stranger, used her jacket to push her to the ground. He then tried to wrest off her pants.
“I fell down on my hands,” Fairweather said. “I just closed my eyes because they say that if you see their face, they will kill you. I froze. I was really scared.”
Fairweather, who had the dog’s leash in her pocket, assumes her attacker was unaware she was out with a dog. He found out soon enough that she wasn’t alone.
“Apollo helped me; he came and bit him in the leg,” she said. So hard, in fact, that the man struggled to break free from the chomp.
“I heard him say, ‘F–k!’ and I was able to run away. I ran across the street,” Fairweather said.
Apollo finally let go and the attacker fled.
“He was protective,” Fairweather said of the hero puppy. “I think it would’ve been a lot worse. I wouldn’t have been so lucky. He is a sweet dog. I never thought he would bite anyone. He never bit anyone before. He’s usually very friendly and just jumps on everyone.”
Fairweather ran back to the apartment, where her boyfriend’s sister, Destiny Guzman, 20, took her to the file a police report.
Law-enforcement sources said officers are searching for the attacker.
“I wasn’t there, but I know that that dog saved her life,” Guzman told The Post. “If it wasn’t for that dog, things would be a lot worse. [Fairweather is] tiny.”
Her boyfriend’s mother, Sonia Valcarcel, didn’t want her son to have a dog at the outset, but now, Apollo is winning her over.
“The dog is a hero, he protected her,” she admitted. “I’m sad she had to go through that, but at least, because of the dog, she was able to escape.”
“He’s a good boy. I think he saved my life,” said Fairweather.