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Pit Bull Leads Good Samaritan To Stricken Owner In Double Trouble State Park

Beachwood woman airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Frank Delarosa thought it was strange to see a pit bull running down a sugar sand path near the cranberry bogs at Double Trouble State Park on Friday, her leash dragging behind her.

Delarosa coaxed the one-year-old pit bull mix over to him, picked her up and started to head up the path to the park office.

But "Lilly"was restless. Delarosa decided to put her down. She began pulling and tugging him down the path, back towards the cranberry bogs.

It was there he found Lilly's owner unconscious about 150 yards down on the path. Dona Timoney, 51, of Beachwood, had suffered some kind of "medical event" while on a walk with her dog, Berkeley Township Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.

"She was unconscious, but breathing," he said.

Detective Will Cullen and Patrolman Jon Sperber responded to the scene. Timoney was first taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River by members of the Bayville First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics. She was later airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Cullen said.

Her condition is unavailable at this time, Smith said.

Lilly is now with Timoney's daughter. Timoney had previously rescued the dog from a "drug house" in North Carolina, Cullen said.

"The back of her car was filled with treats and bones," Cullen said. "She's obviously an avid animal lover."

Bell June 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This is such a beautiful story about the loyalty of dogs, not just Pitties. although about some of the comments, it's sad when people are so closed minded and place judgment on a breed of dogs as a whole. That's like stereotyping a breed of people as a whole, or a grocery store chain as a whole.... or say that ALL people who have Russian heritage like vodka, or all babies born at 3:15AM will have green eyes. There are quite a few Pit bulls out there and to say they are all aggressive and prone to attack is slightly absurd. I will say this there seems to be a trend of the more seedy side of society believing that a pit will bring you status or that they are "cool" to own. And because this breeds of dog...like someone above said is bred with "gameness", it tends to run with the pack that feeds it. So if someone who isn't a responsible dog owner, has one then who know what could happen. I own a APBT. She is 2 and i found her on the streets. She is a great, sweet, loyal, and confident dog, I treat her with respect and give her what she needs (good food, lots of exercise, safe home). I know in comparison to most other breeds she could do a lot of damage with her strength and focus if she really wanted to, but it's not in her mind set to be aggressive at all. I know more little dog mixes that growl, yip and snap than I know of Pits that throw their weight around. Again this story is awesome.
Jen June 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The problem with domesticated animals is their owners. Many are not responsible and should not have a pet. That is why we have so many homeless dogs and cats. People should take care of them like they are their family and maintain control at all times.
Vernon Stroud June 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I'll tell you why! Because you opened your mouth regarding the temperment of the breed and allowed your ignorance about the breed to spill out.
LoyaltyOfDogs.com June 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Lilly is not only loyal but highly intelligent too, in seeking attention for her stricken owner.
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