Kurt T. Buchler rescued Kaitlyn M. Fadely from attacking dogs, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2013. Arriving to visit at a private residence, Fadely, 19, was attacked by three dogs, whose weights ranged from 80 to 100 pounds. The dogs dragged her to a point beside a four-foot-high fence along the front yard and mauled her. Buchler, 44, bartender, was about to enter his car in a parking lot about 350 feet away when he heard Fadely’s screams. Running to the scene, he saw the attack. Buchler went to the opposite side of the fence at Fadely’s position and, yelling at the dogs, reached over the fence and punched at them to distract them. The dogs left Fadely and turned on Buchler, chasing him into the street. Realizing that he could not outrun them, Buchler turned and fought against them, kicking and punching, when they attacked him. Fadely, meanwhile, was helped to safety inside the residence. A passing motorist witnessed the attack and used her vehicle to stop it, and then she tended to Buchler’s injuries. Both Fadely and Buchler required hospitalization for treatment of severe bite wounds. Buchler was detained for six days, and he missed three months’ work.
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