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Pet Labrador saves 50-year-old woman from intruder

Brave act:Sugar at home  

Here’s another confirmation of the saying that a dog is man’s best friend. In this instance, it was a woman in distress who was the beneficiary of her pet’s unflinching loyalty.

Rashmi Singhal, 50, was saved by her pet Labrador in upscale Som Vihar in South Delhi when a man posing as a courier boy attacked her when she was alone at home.

‘Sugar,’ yet to turn one, pounced on the intruder and forced him to flee. It not only chased the man out of the house, but kept running after the attacker down the staircase of the multi-storey building.

Ms. Singhal’s husband, Pankaj, is a businessman and the other family members — a daughter and 78-year-old mother-in-law — were away when the incident occurred.

Poses as courier boy

Around 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, the doorbell rang. “My wife opened the door and through the iron mesh saw a bearded youth who seemed to be in his late 20s. Posing as a courier boy, the youth asked if the residence belonged to the Singhals and said he had a letter for the family,” Mr. Singhal said.

The moment his wife opened the iron mesh, the intruder allegedly hit her in the abdomen with his knee, grabbed her by the shoulders and pinned her down.

She shouted for help and the dog pounced on the intruder, who fell on the floor.

“Our dog attacked the man with such ferocity that he fell backwards with the Labrador still on his chest,” Mr. Singhal told The Hindu.

Sugar, who lost grip of the man during the fall, attacked him again, but the intruder managed to get on his feet and run. The Labrador continued to chase him even as the intruder stumbled on the stairs.

Once the neighbours and police were informed, the woman was taken to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and discharged.

The police have registered a case and launched a probe, though they are unsure of the intruder’s plan. They are scanning CCTV camera footage to identify the attacker.