Pit bull hailed a hero after saving boy from bees

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Kelsey Watts, Oregon City, OR (KPTV) — An Oregon City family is calling their pit bull a hero.

Tuesday evening, a group of kids were playing near a creek down a steep embankment behind their apartment complex when one of the kids stepped on a rotten log, unleashing a swarm of bees.

The kids tried making their way back up the hill toward home for help, but 8-year-old Jesse-Cole Shaver couldn’t.

Luckily, that’s when “Hades” did her doggone best to help, grabbing Jesse-Cole by the leg of his pants.

An 8-year-old boy in Oregon hugs hit pet pit bull, credited with saving him from a swarm of bees. (Photo: KPTV)

An 8-year-old boy in Oregon hugs hit pet pit bull, credited with saving him from a swarm of bees. (Photo: KPTV)

“Hades saw me and came and dragged me up to the grass and stopped and let me crawl on her back and took me to my mom,” Jesse-Cole told Fox 12.

His mother, who did not want to be identified, says she was in her car when she heard the kids screaming and running up the hill surrounded by bees. She was astonished to see her dog dragging her son to safety, after he’d already been stung at least 24 times.

“A couple of these kids could have gotten really sick or died, I’m sure of it,” she told Fox 12.

Her daughter, Jasmine Jones, 14, was stung five times and is allergic to bees, so she ran to grab her EpiPen while a neighbor called 911. Both children were taken to Willamette Falls Hospital for treatment and were released after a few hours.

“Oh, I thank my puppy,” their mother added. “I’m so glad we adopted her.”

The kids say they won’t go back down the trail behind their apartment ever again.


  • Krista

    Im so happy to hear something good as well about pits. They are awesome dogs. If you train them or any other dog to be nasty that is what you get a mean dog. Pits are extremely loving. I have 2 and would not trade them for any other. They are great for families as they protect children and their owners. I love mine to pieces. Take time to learn about the breed.

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    I agree that it is nice to hear a positive involving a Pit Bull. If the bees had not followed the kids though, it could have been mistaken that the dog was attacking and dragging the child.

  • Laura Bosley

    THA-NK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing a positive, heart-warming story about a Pit Bull. As an owner, I already know how loyal and loving they are. Hopefully your story will encourage someone to adopt one if they are looking for a great addition to their family.

  • casey

    Love that she was a pit mix but no surprise there and love that she was adopted – everyone wins! Thanks for increasing awareness.

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