Pitbull Buddy won’t be put down because he tried to save boy in Murray River drowning tragedy

Police say he’s free to go home.

A pitbull said to have mauled a 9-year-old boy will not be put down, as police agree the dog, Buddy, was trying to save the child from the Murray River after his mother allegedly tried to drown him.

Buddy spent nearly a week with the Murray River Council rangers after being held following the events of the Murray River growing tragedy which left a five-year-old boy dead and his older brother recovering in hospital.

Their mother, 27, allegedly attempted to drown both her sons in the Murray River. She has been detained by police as investigations continue.

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Buddy will be allowed home after police agree he didn’t maul the older boy out of aggression, but rather was trying to pull him from the river with his mouth, leaving the boy with bite wounds.

The boys’ grandfather told The Courier-Mail he didn’t want the dog hurt as he had owned dogs himself and was certain Buddy was only trying to help.

‘I own a similar dog and I know he was trying to save the boys, it’s their nature when they are raised with kids. I have one grandson left, because this brave dog took action as required.’

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