It was shortly before 3 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 13, when Amy DuPont of Cranston, a home-based therapist for United Cerebral Palsy, was awoken by her startled dog. Brady, her 1-year-old pit bull, was scratching and clawing at the bed, trying to get her attention.
“I have never heard him make noises like that before,” she said.
DuPont brought Brady outside, whereupon she says he let out “the loudest bark I have ever heard.” It was fitting, given the fact that right there, in her driveway, a man was rummaging through her father’s truck. As he realized his actions had drawn the attention of a woman and her dog, the suspect immediately fled the scene, causing DuPont to head back into her house and call 911.
The Cranston Police were able to arrest the suspect shortly thereafter, along with four other suspects in a car on nearby Short Road.
DuPont was called down to the Cranston Police Station, where she was able to make a positive identification on the suspect, whom she described as wearing “dark clothing with a hat that had ‘raccoon style’ ears on it.” Police arrested 21-year-old Alexander Woods, 22-year-old Jennifer Wholly, 19-year-old Alexander Rastelli and 20-year-old Kyle Cote, as well as an unidentified juvenile.
Brady, however, was the true hero of the night, according to DuPont.
“I owe it all to my dog,” she said.
While the actions of Brady were certainly noble and worthy of recognition, the fact that he is a pit bull, a breed often associated with the wrong side of the law, makes it all the more noteworthy. For once, a pit bull has made headlines for something positive – alerting someone of imminent danger.
DuPont rescued Brady, then named “Brody,” in Providence on Sept. 28, 2011. Now, a little over one year later, the renamed Brady has made significant progress toward DuPont’s ultimate goal of having him become a therapy animal. She credits his trainer, Susan Parker, with much of his progress. DuPont is part of the organization “Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc.” Founded in an effort to alter common misconceptions regarding pit bulls, the organization emphasizes spaying and neutering as the best methods toward achieving a positive portrayal of the breed. Brady has participated in numerous pit bull shows across Rhode Island and Massachusetts over the past year.