Georgia-born Maleik Carr, 11, has all the makings of a hero, swooping to the rescue of younger sister Jalia, as two pitbulls attacked her.
The incident occurred in Dublin, Georgia, on Monday, November 5. The pair were on their way to school, and were heading for the bus stop, through the backyard of their family home.
Even though the Carrs do not own any dogs, their neighbors do. That day, the chain link fence that separated the two houses had a hole through it. The rupture was big enough for two unleashed pitbulls to make it on the other side of the fence.
The two dogs immediately attacked Jalia, and Maleik had to catch their attention, to give his sister time to run away.
“The brown and white dog ran to the other side, jumped out of the fence and the black one did too, and they started snapping at Jalia. So I ran over there started kicking them away from her, and they bit me. And I told Jalia to run,” he describes.
She crossed the street, but Malek was left to fight off the animals, Where You Live Dublin reports. He feared he would fall on the ground, allowing the dogs to bite his jugular.
Fortunately, he was able to grab a toy chair, and keep them at bay long enough to jump the fence to his house, to safety.
“When they locked on to my leg, I got a chair and started hitting them with it,” he says.
Maleik was left with several cuts, bruises and bite marks.
“It hurt me to my soul when I saw those cuts. It was very hard not crying in front of him because he was already so strong, and I wanted him to continue being strong,” father Willie Carr states.