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When a pair of young siblings found themselves pitted against two dogs, the brother put himself in danger to save his sister's life.
To get to the bus stop, 11-year-old Maleik Carr and his sister Jalia walk through the backyard and along a chain link fence. But on Monday morning, the neighbor's fence had a gaping hole and two unleashed pitbulls.
"The brown and white dog ran to the other side, jumped out of the fence and the black one did too, and they started snapping at Jalia. So I ran over there started kicking them away from her, and they bit me. And I told Jalia to run," says Maleik.
The five year old ran across the street while Maleik battled the two dogs.
"When they locked on to my leg, I got a chair and started hitting them with it," he says.
It was Jalia's toy chair that saved her brother's life.
Maleik kept the dogs off long enough to jump his own fence. That's when his older sister took him to the hospital.
"It hurt me to my soul when I saw those cuts. It was very hard not crying in front of him because he was already so strong, and I wanted him to continue being strong," says father Willie Carr.
Mother Sherry Carr adds,"I was hurt, scared, and after all was said and done, angry because more care wasn't taken to make sure these dogs didn't hurt anyone."
That's a real scare for Sherry and Willie Carr whose ten children frequently play in the backyard. But there's also a sense of relief.
"They will react to protect each other at all costs. It makes me so proud. It makes me so proud to have this hero in my house," says Sherry.