A dog named Rosie was being credited with scaring away a man who sexually assaulted the canine’s owner at knifepoint while they were out for a run recently in Saugus, Massachusetts, according to multiple reports.
The woman told police that while she was running last Tuesday, a man suddenly grabbed her by the hair, shoved her into a tree and began assaulting her, Boston television station WCVB.
During the terrifying ordeal, the woman tried to plead with the man to stop, telling him she had young children.
“I said ‘Please don’t hurt me, I have babies,’” she told Boston TV station WBZ. “He said, ‘Don’t scream, this will only take a minute.’”
As the woman tried to fend off her attacker, her dog began barking.
“She started to go nuts,” the woman said.
Other neighborhood dogs joined Rosie in the barking, which prompted the man to run away, WCVB reported.
The woman managed to get home and called police.
The attacker was not immediately captured, according to reports.