- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A family pit bull is being honored as a hero in Harrison County.

Sheriff Troy Peterson paid a personal visit Thursday to the home of Theresa and Brickford Lero to present a “certificate of bravery” to their dog, Leon.

The pit bull survived a gunshot to the head in late March while fending off a home invasion.

WLOX TV reports (https://bit.ly/1qLkyOn ) that Leon alerted the family to prowlers on March 21. He kept up the chase even after being hit with a bullet. The Leros say Leon has fully recovered.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com


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