Thanks to a bark, a New York woman’s pit bull saved her from a burning home.
Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in an upstairs bathroom of her Long Island home when she heard Cain barking outside. Unbeknownst to her, the dog -- who doesn’t often bark, according to King5 News -- was alerting her to a fire.
Bonasera said her dog’s barking prompted her to run downstairs, where she saw the flames on the side of her garage spreading from the front to the back of the home. Luckily, she was able to escape.
"I ran out of the house and my neighbors came running over, and then I thought about the dog – I'm like, 'He saved my life, I have to save his,'" Bonasera said, according to NBC News. "So I just put my robe over my face and I ran back in and I grabbed the dog and then I stood out here and I watched my house burn.”
Bonasera said she believes she wouldn’t have been able to escape the fire, which needed more than 70 firefighters to extinguish, had Cain not alerted her.
"He's definitely the town hero. He's a pit bull, too," she said. "They have such bad reps, but he's such a good boy.”
The Nassau County arson and bomb squad is investigating what caused the fire, but police said they don't believe it is suspicious or foul play.