Dec 24, 2021
A Las Vegas Amazon delivery driver is being hailed as a hero after saving a teenage girl and her small dog from a pit bull attack.
Lauren Ray, 19, was outside of her family’s home on December 13 when an unleashed pit bull attacked her smaller dog, Max, according to a report by USA Today. A Ring doorbell camera recorded video of the pit bull attack as Ray picked up Max and attempted to fend off the larger dog.
“My first thought was ‘Save the dog,’” Ray told local FOX 5 Las Vegas. “I would’ve let the dog bite me for all I care. I just wanted him to be safe because he’s so small, compared to a pit bull, he didn’t stand a chance.”
Despite Ray’s best efforts to protect Max, the pit bull kept circling, snapping periodically and nearly biting the teenager.
A nearby Amazon delivery driver, Stephanie Lontz, heard Ray’s screams for help and went into action.
USA Today reported that Lontz “put herself between the dog and Ray and told her to get in the house.”
Lauren Ray’s father, Michael, works as a real estate agent. He was reportedly about to show a home when his cell phone received a Ring notification. He viewed the entire pit bull encounter as it unfolded and was understnndably concerned for his daughter, telling FOX 5 Las Vegas he went into “panic mode.”
“I’m a half-hour away from the house. It’s literally like I’m watching a football game and screaming at it, ‘Get in the house! Get in the house!’” he told FOX 5.
Michael Ray said the Amazon driver swooped in “like Wonder Woman” and was responsible for saving Lauren and Max from a possible attack, allowing them to safely retreat into the family house.
USA Today also reported that, before leaving the scene, the Amazon driver yelled, “You’re a bad dog!” to the aggressive pit bull.
Last weekend, the Ray family was reportedly able to meet Lontz, the heroic Amazon driver, and thank her in person with a bouquet of flowers.
“I would have been lost without any help,” Lauren Ray said, according to USA Today. “I had no clue what I was going to do. I didn’t know if I was going to get hurt. And someone risking their life like that is a really big thing and means a lot to me.”
Ray also posted about the pit bull encounter on Facebook, expressing gratitude towards Lontz, the good Samaritan Amazon driver.
“She could have easily stayed back, she saw how aggressive the dog was, but came flying in to help without a thought of her own well-being. Plus her telling the dog he was a bad dog at the end of the video is classic!” Ray said in the post.
Lontz said that hearing Ray’s screams as the pit bull circled “made me think of my own child.”
“I would only hope that somebody would jump in and help her if she was in a similar situation. It’s the human thing to do,” she added.
Lontz told USA Today that dog bites, attacks, and other uncomfortable and potentially dangerous encounters with animals are not uncommon.
“Two days prior I had been bit by a dog. Two days before that, I saved a baby who wasn’t even 2-years-old yet locked in a house,” she said. “We really do go through a lot and we’re there when other people aren’t. Sometimes it’s not even recognized. I have a coworker who put out a fire in a backyard the other day.”
In addition to gratitude from the Ray family, Lontz was reportedly showered with gifts and balloons from co-workers and members of Local 702 Logistics, the courier company contracted by Amazon.
FOX 5 Las Vegas confirmed that the pit bull was picked up by local animal control shortly after the incident occurred.
As mentioned previously, Amazon and other delivery drivers – Uber Eats, DoorDash, FedEx, UPS, Postmates, etc. – are commonly injured by dog bites while on the job. As we noted in a blog earlier this year, the United States Postal Service confirmed that more than 5,800 letter carriers were attacked by dogs in 2020.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite as a delivery driver, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for various damages through a civil claim. Delivery driver injury lawsuits can be the best means of securing critical compensation needed to make a complete recovery.
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