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Chihuahua saves mum and toddler
SHE may only be ten inches tall but little Piccolo the Chihuahua has been hailed a hero after saving a terrified mum and her baby who she feared was about to be abducted.
The three-year-old pooch scared off an attacker as mum Charlie Preston battled to prevent him wrestling open the front door of the car she and 18- month old Lilly were sitting in.
The 25-year-old slammed down the lock for the back door as the attacker repeatedly shouted “Get out and come with me”.
But her ordeal only came to an end when Piccolo leapt on to Lilly’s lap before barking and snarling at the man, who then released the door and ran off.
The drama unfolded while mum Charlie was waiting in the family’s Vauxhall Corsa parked in Magpie Lane, Eastleigh.
Partner Rob Smart, 25, had gone to collect an ornamental wall hanging for the kitchen that he had purchased through eBay.
Police have launched a manhunt and want witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Full-time mum Charlie, from Charles Close in Winchester, said: “I was terrified, I kept stammering at him to stop it and leave us alone.
“My strength was clearly no match for the man, who kept telling me to get out of the car.”
Charlie said the man, described by police as black, muscular and aged in his late 20s, suddenly appeared before opening the car door and aggressively ordering her to get out. She is still unsure as to his exact motive but feared he wanted to abduct her daughter or launch an attack.
The man, who was not wearing a shirt, finally backed off and ran away when Piccolo unleashed a noise “worthy of a lion”.
“He growled loudly and the man let go of the door and backed off into a run,” she added.
“God knows what could have happened if it wasn’t for my dog, my daughter and I could have been in real trouble. If he had got me out of the car he could have hurt or abducted my baby girl. It has really shaken me up – especially because my daughter was in the car.
“It was not until afterwards and the shock had gone until I realised what would have happened if we had not been lucky enough to have the dog in the car.
“I think Piccolo could sense the fact that I was scared. He is a little hero.”
Rob, a web engineer, returned to the car shortly after the incident, on Saturday at 9pm and the pair dialled 999.
He said: “I feel incredibly lucky that nothing happened to my family.
“I cannot articulate how awful this is – my daughter fills my world.”
Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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