Oct 27 2007
The Washington Post is reporting that a Rottweiler saved a woman’s life during an attack last March in Virginia.
Authorities in Culpeper charged Kevin C. Kline with malicious wounding, abduction and burglary for an episode on a farm in March in which he attacked a woman in her mid-50s with a Taser, Culpeper Sheriff Lee Hart said.
Hart said the woman was tending her horses on the morning of March 31 when a man wearing latex gloves assaulted her inside a barn and shot her with a Taser. The woman’s Rottweiler broke loose, however, and attacked and bit the man, causing him to run away, Hart said.
“We feel that dog probably helped avoid a more serious assault,” Hart said.
The homeowner was able to identify her assailant — his mother had lived on the property, Hart said — and police obtained warrants for Kline.
Kline, who turned 18 in March, was released on $15,000 bond, and went to trial Oct. 1. A jury convicted him of malicious wounding and abduction and recommended a five-year prison sentence.
Culpeper Circuit Court Judge John R. Cullen allowed him to remain free until his sentencing Dec. 19th, although prosecutors asked that Kline’s bond be revoked, the Culpeper Star Exponent reported.
While free pending his sentencing, Fairfax police have charged Kevin C. Kline with murder in the shooting of the woman in Huntley Meadows Park. Minutes after her body was discovered, police said, Kline jumped on a nearby commuter bus and, as police closed in, threatened to kill himself. He surrendered peacefully four hours later.
Had it not been for her Rottwieler, the woman Mr. Klein was convicted of assaulting in her barn back in March may have suffered a similiar fate.
This hero Rottweiler not only saved the day, he saved a life!