Rescued Pit Bull Maya Named Animal Miracle Foundation Hero Dog of the Year!

by Matt Miner

As this blog continues to expand we keep running across more and more stories of heroic pit bulls who stare death in the face in order to protect other animals, their owners, and even strangers. The media loves to demonize this breed of dog, and won’t cover the very heroic actions of a “pit bull” type dog, though literally hundreds of news stories will be vomited out if there’s an incident where a “pit bull” type dog can be shown negatively.

This story is a bit old, but it’s new to us, so we’d like to share it with you. Stories like this one help break the poisoned and faulty public perception of the “bloodthirsty pit bull” and are by themselves, good arguments against BSL.

Meet Maya. Maya was honored as a hero for ignoring real and violent danger to protect her owner Angela Marcelino, who had adopted Maya from a shelter when the dog was only 3 months old.

Good call to adopt from a shelter, because we doubt any designer dog from a high priced breeder or pet store would have so valiantly risked their life to successfully defend their guardian like Maya the rescued pit bull did.

Maya protected Angela from a violent attacker, saving Angela’s life, and later when DNA tests were done on a drop of blood left above Maya’s right eye, police were able to identify and arrest Angela’s assailant. Way to go Maya!

We at BSL news congratulate Angela’s decision to rescue, rather than buy, her dog and we hope Maya and Angela have a great life together. The Animal Miracle Foundation named Maya the Hero Dog of 2008, and we here at BSL News are now very happy to induct Maya into the BSL News Pit Bull Heroes Hall of Fame.

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6 Responses to Rescued Pit Bull Maya Named Animal Miracle Foundation Hero Dog of the Year!

  1. Richard says:

    Way to go Maya!!!!!

  2. Liz says:

    Hi, I was wondering if it would be possible to use this blog to get a message out to other concerned pit bull advocates about a grave injustice that’s just occurred in Baltimore City. I wasn’t sure how to contact you directly. It is not BSL related, however I’m sure it will break the heart of any pit bull owner/dog owner/human being, really.

    Some of these details are kind of graphic, I apologize to those who may be extremely sensitive to animal cruelty…
    In 2009 two brothers, Travers and Tremayne Johnson, were accused of setting a pit bull on fire after dousing it in flammable liquid. The dog was saved by a courageous police-woman but after five agonizing days, with burns covering 95% of her body, her corneas melted, and her liver failing, she was euthanized by the caring veterinary staff of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. The trial for these two monsters was just declared a “mistrial” because ONE ignorant, stubborn juror out of eleven would not agree that these two were the one’s seen on a surveillance video.

    This is the latest on the story,,0,5171558.story

    There is a chance that this could be retried and these two sociopaths can be convicted, and Phoenix can be given the justice she deserves. If people band together and write to the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Gregg Bernstein, it can happen.
    Please, help the memory of Phoenix, and all animals in “Harm City” by writing, emailing, or calling Gregg Bernstein and letting him know the citizens demand a retrial for this horrible crime.

    Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
    208 Mitchell Courthouse
    110 North Calvert Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21202

    Thank you so, so much for your time!!

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  4. Angela M. says:

    I cant help but look for more stories about Maya every now and then. I just thought you all might like to know that Maya is still driving me crazy (in a good way). Thanks so much for the positive feedback.

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