Last Sunday the Seattle Times reported that a dog stopped a man from raping its owner earlier this month in Pacific, WA.
The Times said that 52-year-old Ralph Young was arrested last week for second-degree rape and is currently in jail under a $300,000 bond. He’s currently a Level 2 sex offender is someone who presents “a moderate risk to re-offend within community at large.”
Young allegedly made sexual advances toward the woman, his neighbor in an apartment building, after entering her apartment to return dishes he borrowed. When she refused, he “pushed the woman into her bedroom and forced her down on the bed.”
As the woman struggled with Young, her 2 dogs “were becoming very agitated by the commotion and started barking at Young” according to the probable cause statement.
The Times said that as Young attempted to rape the woman, one of the dogs jumped on the bed and “climbed on top of her and in between her and Young and started ‘nipping’ at Young,” who then pulled on his pants and left her apartment.
The story didn’t mention the dog’s breed.
People rarely mention this, but having a dog can be a good deterrent to crime. A Seattle police officer once told a friend of mine that he had never investigated a robbery in a home that had a dog.
And in this case, a dog prevented his owner from being a victim of a horrible crime.