Fort Myers pit bull dies protecting her family

Reporter: Sam Smink and Megan Contreras
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Lucy the Pitbull

FORT MYERS, Fla – A brave dog is being remembered as a hero after saving her owner’s mother during a domestic disturbance.

Lucy, a 6-year-old pit bull, died Saturday after being stabbed multiple times in the attack.

“I’m about to break down in tears now, my heart is heavy cause I hate that happened to her,” said Lisa Potts, who comforted Lucy, her son’s dog, during her final moments. “I was calling her name, comforting her, rubbing her head, making sure she was still alert.”

Police swarmed the Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments in Fort Myers Friday. Potts says she came home to find her ex-boyfriend, Walter Williams, inside.

An argument broke out. Potts says Williams started hitting her, then pulled out a knife.
That’s when she says Lucy came to the rescue.

“Lucy lunged at him and once she lunged at him he caught her in the neck, and once he caught her in the neck she just went to biting him, she was still fighting,” she said. “Once I got her downstairs I just asked someone for a towel and applied much pressure as I could to it to try to save her life, but she was a fighter and she did good, she really did. If it wasn’t for her, you know he could’ve probably stabbed all of us.”

Lucy lost a lot of blood.

“It pretty much was a waiting game until we got a call that she went into cardiac arrest and she didn’t make it, so it was really hard to take that in,” said Victoria Snyder, Lucy’s owner.

Walter Williams was taken into custody by police. He’s currently in jail on a battery charge. Investigators said there may be additional charges.

Lucy’s owners say they’re thinking of holding a memorial service in her honor.

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