Keith Sampson helped to rescue Brooklyn Gibson and others from an attacking dog, Flint, Michigan, October 18, 2009. Brooklyn, 3, was in the backyard of her family’s home when an adult male pit bull entered the yard, clamped its jaws on her head, and began to shake her. Others in the yard included Keith, 13, student. Keith ran to the dog, pulled it away from Brooklyn, and struggled to restrain it in a chokehold while his half brother took Brooklyn inside the house. Meanwhile, a next-door neighbor responded to the yard on hearing the children screaming. Seeing Keith struggling to restrain the dog, the neighbor ran to aid the half brother as he was getting another child to safety. The dog ran from Keith and attacked the neighbor as she approached the house, biting her severely on an arm. Others from the neighborhood responded and beat the dog away from her. Both Brooklyn and the neighbor were hospitalized for treatment of serious bite wounds.
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