Alexandra Mae Jones, with a report from WebNews Atlantic

Published Friday, October 25, 2019 6:16PM EDT

A Saint John, N.B. woman says she was saved by her pitbull after an extraordinary afternoon became a terrifying wrestling match with a buck in her own backyard.

Trinda Short had no thought what sort of ordeal she was about to undergo when she took her canine Tyson out into the backyard for some recent air on Tuesday.

She advised WebNews Atlantic that the 2 of them walked down the steps of her home like some other day, however when she reached the underside and appeared up, an unlimited deer was proper beside her.

“The deer instantly charged at me and it hit my face,” Short mentioned. “Got my elbows, got my legs.”

It was an eight-point buck, she mentioned, a time period that describes the variety of factors on a buck’s rack of antlers. Short was “raised in a hunter family,” so she reacted quick.

“I weigh about 123 pounds, and when it was coming at me … I grabbed the horns,” she mentioned. She was picked up off the bottom by the pressure of the cost. The antlers tore her garments “right off me,” she mentioned.

“It had my headphones wrapped around its antlers the whole entire time,” she mentioned. “It was focused on me.”

But Tyson, her canine, had not deserted her to the combat — he was dancing across the buck’s toes, biting its legs. Short mentioned Tyson was in a position to yank the buck off of her lengthy sufficient for her to name the police.

When officers arrived, the deer had Tyson pinned. Police say they solely had one possibility.

“Unfortunately, the deer had to be put down,” mentioned Jim Hennessy, supervisor of communications for the Saint John police.

According to New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources, the breeding season for deer is approaching, which implies bucks could also be extra aggressive at the moment of 12 months. They additionally could also be triggered to change into harmful by the presence of pets, the division mentioned.

“I guess it serves as a solid reminder that if you are out walking your pet, just be aware of your surroundings,” Hennessy mentioned.

Short has bruises and a black eye from the wrestle, however says she feels grateful for her canine’s heroics, which seemingly prevented her from sustaining extra critical accidents.

Tyson — a pitbull who was speculated to be put down earlier than Short adopted him three years in the past — obtained a gash the place an antler punctured his pores and skin whereas he was defending his proprietor.

“I rescued him, but I think he’s rescued me now,” Short mentioned.

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