...with a folded-up baby stroller, no less. As Hot Tipper Benjamin reports:
Tuesday April 7, Nathan Smurthwaite, frontman for the Abodox and the Marrying Type, was driving down the street in his Tacoma neighborhood when he saw two pit bulls wearing broken harnesses bolting down the street toward some joggers. About a block away, he spotted two small children playing with their small dog. With no other hero in sight, he pulled over and ran toward the scene. Realizing that he had no weapon other than his adrenaline, he yelled to his wife in the car who threw him their new baby's stroller. Nathan ran up to where the pit bulls were now shredding the two kids' smaller dog and smashed them in the head with the folded-up stroller, which allowed their prey to escape into the road, dragging her broken legs behind her. Our hero noticed that the road was now blocked off by a slew of spectators all unwilling to step in. When the attack continued, he was able to drive the dogs off before they could get to the children or suck all of the life from the small dog. Sadly, the pit bulls got away, but a Tacoma man in a truck was quoted as saying, "I'm always packing—I'll kill 'em," before driving off in the direction of the escape. Thought you should know.
For confirmation, I forwarded the above report to brave Mr. Smurthwaite himself, and received this response:
Yup, that's all about right except that there were three kids and after the initial attacks (in which my dog-smashing resulted in getting the kids away from the dogs), the bigger of the pit bulls actually dragged the little dog by its neck into the middle of the street before the attack continued, where I took one last chance to smash his fat head in with the stroller "baseball-bat style." This worked nicely and allowed the little dog to scramble underneath a parked Suburban. Also, the dude who talked about "packing heat" first tried to back over the dogs with his pickup truck as they were running away. Pretty amazing event in general...Lucky for everyone involved. I'm just glad that my wife Melanie thought about the baby stroller and controlled the situation—otherwise I'd probably have a couple less arms. I'm a little pissed that we were in my wife's car because my baseball bat's in my truck... probably would have made for a messier story though...
Thank you, Nathan Swurthwaite, and fuck you, rampaging pit bulls.
(Photo shot by Ben Palmer, from the Abodox's MySpace page.)