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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Sat Dec 24, 2011.

A Lockeford mother says she and her son were saved from a vicious dog mauling this week by the quick actions of a Lodi man who stopped to intervene.

Heather Karavidas and her son, Nicholas, 9, were strolling with their 1-year old German shepherd, Luther, near the Lockeford Grange building on Tuesday morning.

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  • Deborah Kirkland-Edson posted at 6:26 am on Mon, Dec 26, 2011.

    kirky07 Posts: 1

    Obviously I wasn't there however I have a feeling that perhaps the dog was going to attack Ms. Karavidas' dog and not her and her son and of course the media would pick up on this story and blow it way out of proportion as usual. I'm not downplaying what actually happened, it's certainly very terrifying when a strange dog charges at your direction, been there, done that. It was also very brave and very wonderful of Mr. Burrell to stop and help the way he did but it was very apparent in the story that it was dog aggressive, he wasn't looking to attack the people. Once again, irresponsible media reporting of a story will begin the condemnation of yet another breed of dog, this time however it will be the second time around for this breed on isolated incidents being reported.

  • Chet Diestel posted at 9:58 am on Sat, Dec 24, 2011.

    Chet Diestel Posts: 4

    In reading the story, had to wonder if it just ended with the people standing there watching the woman and dog ride off down the road or was the incident reported to the cops. It left this reader waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop.
    Certainly hope the cops were called and someone got the truck's license number. If a dog attacks like the one described, it is likely to do it again and this time a person or animal could be seriously injured or killed.
    If the attacking dog was licensed then even a description of the truck would allow police to cross check those in the area who owned such a truck and also have been issued a dog license. Additionally, in Lockeford many patrons at restaurants are regulars so a check there might well have produced a name.
    Finally, congratulations to Mr. Burrell who rushed to the family's aid at great risk to himself for that dog might have turned its fury on him. He is not only a good man but a very brave one as well.

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