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Pit Bull Leads Good Samaritan To Stricken Owner In Double Trouble State Park

Beachwood woman airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Frank Delarosa thought it was strange to see a pit bull running down a sugar sand path near the cranberry bogs at Double Trouble State Park on Friday, her leash dragging behind her.

Delarosa coaxed the one-year-old pit bull mix over to him, picked her up and started to head up the path to the park office.

But "Lilly"was restless. Delarosa decided to put her down. She began pulling and tugging him down the path, back towards the cranberry bogs.

It was there he found Lilly's owner unconscious about 150 yards down on the path. Dona Timoney, 51, of Beachwood, had suffered some kind of "medical event" while on a walk with her dog, Berkeley Township Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.

"She was unconscious, but breathing," he said.

Detective Will Cullen and Patrolman Jon Sperber responded to the scene. Timoney was first taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River by members of the Bayville First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics. She was later airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Cullen said.

Her condition is unavailable at this time, Smith said.

Lilly is now with Timoney's daughter. Timoney had previously rescued the dog from a "drug house" in North Carolina, Cullen said.

"The back of her car was filled with treats and bones," Cullen said. "She's obviously an avid animal lover."

Jen June 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I agree with "no name". I have been concerned for Dona and Lily which is what the story was about in the first place. It was hijacked by pitbull owners. I am praying that the outcome will be ok for Dona and Lily and the ones taking care of Lily. Thanks to Amanda and Debbie for informing us on their welfare. I am an animal lover too but its a shame that most of the ones posting did not once mention or ask how the principles in the story were doing.
Kate June 07, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Not trying to make this political. Just saying...maybe you should actually learn about the breed before stating nonsense claims that don't even make sense!! And welfare dogs?? Wow...FYI if you wanna raise a dog healthy you can't do that on welfare. I have a bachelors degree and have never in my life collected ANY government assistance. So once again...shut your freakin mouth!! You wanna troll this beautiful story by putting negative statements againsts pits, bring it on. You all suck...
Mary T June 08, 2012 at 03:26 AM
They are sweetand loyal caring animals. Mine is the same way with the food dish. If I am sitting on the floor she will get on the couch and wrap her paws around my neck as if shes giving hugs. It so cute. Funny how proper training to ANY breed causes the animal to be a great friend. Theres no reason this great story needed to be wrecked with all these crazy comments.
Lisa Rosser June 08, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Listen to all of you idiots condemning pit bulls.... a dog is a dog... no dog is inheritantly viscious. It is humans who are the problem...and no breed of dog should be left alone with babies or young children!
JTF June 08, 2012 at 01:33 PM
All dogs have the potential to attack. I have had dogs from a chihuahua to pit bulls to st bernards try to attack me! I still love my dogs and if you own a dog regardless of breed you have to learn and manage the dogs "trigger". My pit does not like anyone to wear hats- I tell people to remove their hat before entering. Its not difficult to maintain control of your pets. It's harder to have control of your children than your dog!
Lenny June 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
"Lassie, go get Gramps, tell 'em Timmy fell down the well !!"
deb busse June 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Okay I was wrong, pitbulls jaws don't lock. That makes me feel much better. They just won't let go on their own accord.
brandon butler June 09, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Lilly is the. Best. Dog ever dona is a animal lover Lilly and I hope dona. comes out fine
Carrie June 11, 2012 at 02:43 AM
WOW after reading a lot of these comments I am speechless!! Some of you are so ignorant it is unreal!! All pit bulls should be killed?? What about all the bad people in the world? I think they should be killed but unfortunately they are not...I have heard of more dog bites from dogs that were NOT pit bulls. My friend got attacked by a Labrador a couple weeks back. My mom was bit by a collie. I was bitten by several small dogs in my life and NEVER once bit by my pit bulls. So before you open your mouths and say how terrible pit bulls are I think you need to think. Pit bulls receive higher ratings on temperament tests than most of your family dogs so take a look at your dogs before you bash others.
MICHAEL KEETON June 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
ITS IS SO GOOD TO HERE SOMTHING LIKE THIS ABOUT PITS WITH THERE BAD REP ... PITBULLS ARE GOOD DOGS IT THE PEPOLE THAT MAKE THEM MEEN NOT THE BREED I LOVE MY PITBULL SHE IS A GREAT DOG N I WOUNET TRADE HER FOR NOTHING .. IM SO GLAD U R OK N GOD BLESS
Lenny June 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Another spelling bee winner !!!!
eric June 13, 2012 at 06:45 AM
zoe, quit being such a self-righteous jackAZZ, ok? thanks! i got my papered pit bull from a breeder, and she was the world's greatest pup ever! was the best $500 i ever spent. yes, a person can get a pup/dog from a shelter, but how is one to know what they are getting as far as how it was bread, mr. knowledge??? i had read up on the disposition of pits, got one that was the prototypical to its kind,and, if i could get a clone of her, i would. the world is a lesser place since her passing. your analogy is laughable, for YOU are the FOOL by thinking that you can change the world.
eric June 13, 2012 at 07:09 AM
k0 sue, and all the others...have you ever thought about the FACT that people LIE??? if someone's pit (or ANY other medium or large breed dog) bit someone, do you think the owner is going to come right out and confess that their dog was untrustworthy or had bitten/shown human aggression before? do you have a job? you know, where there are co-workers? ever noticed that people aren't exactly honest? i had a pit. in public, some people would ask if she bit before they'd pet her. i always laughed. 'cause she didn't. that was TRUTH, 'cause i was 100% confident that if someone put their hand down to pet her, they'd count 5 fingers when they were done.
eric June 13, 2012 at 07:17 AM
JoAnn, sorry to hear about your daughter's passing. as devastating as that had to have been for you, it was made worse that her pups lost their mama. so sad :( my one goal in life was to out live my sweet, sweet pit pup . having done so, my next goal is having another sweet pit pup that can live up to her standards. scary, because my girl set the bar so high!
Lenny June 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
What's wrong with pit bowls anyway, what do you expect people to do with the pits after they eat cherries and olives??? I don't...... "Emily, that's pit BULLS". Oh,---- never mind.
Liz Jones June 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I love to hear about Pit Bulls being hero's.I have 5 bull mixes and they are great pets.
Xochitl Orozco June 13, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Wow I'm still blown away at some of these comments. Pit bulls fight to the death. Their jaws lock. They attack children and people all the time. Seriously? What's next, they're inherently evil? They don't fight to the death, if they have been provoked in some way its like any other dog. What makes them a bit more dangerous is the muscle that labs don't have. They're jaws don't lock. They have huge jaw muscles that make they're jaws superior to others. And the media loves to point fingers at pitties because god forbid lassie bites someone. Owners should be blamed for bad behavior. If your one year old gets bit or stepped on, maybe you should have stayed in the room. If you treat your pittie as protection, a loaded gun tied to the tree all day and night, don't be surprised when they get out and attack people and other dogs: you haven't given them social skills. If your pittie has been abused in the past, make sure you assess and understand any lasting psychological scars before letting them do what ever they want. Pit bulls are great loyal intelligent dogs but they're like people. You treat children wrong, provoke them, raise them wrong, guess what? They're the ones who end up in jail. So should we kill every animal that has the potential to hurt someone? That's a very long list and I'm pretty sure were on in.
Vernon Stroud June 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
These dogs kill more dogs than other dogs because that is what they are built for. I've never heard of a toy poodle killing a German Shepard have you?
tamarya June 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Vernon your comparision would be like saying, you never heard of an infant killing an adult, would never happen, however german shepards do bite and attack. A german shepard would kill a toy poodle.
Vernon Stroud June 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Full name, You clearly don't fully understand the breed. You think you do but in fact you don't. The characteristics you are referring to is know as "gameness" it is the characteristic that makes the breed so special. The dog does whatever it is trained to do until it is told to stop. Thats where training comes in. As with any dog if the owner does not train the animal it won't listen. I don't know if you lived during the late 60s' and through the 70s' but Doberman Pinchers were known to attack for no reason. Even their owners. Owners learned then what Pit bull owners need to learn now. Know and understand the breed of dog you have. Show the dog you are the dominant one and he or she is the submissive one and take the time to properly train the animal. How many times have you seen someone chasing their dog down the street calling the dogs name and the dog won't listen, or when walking down the street with the dog on the leash the dog is pulling as hard as it can sometimes almost dragging the owner as he or she is holds on to the leash. Ex. A Rodesian Ridgeback (big dog) doing just that, Dragging the owner down the street while on the leash, getting away from the owner and attacking and killing someones' St. Charles Spaniel. When he tries to separate the dogs his dog attacks him. It happens. It's not just Pit bulls. A dog Should never be allowed to pull when on the leash and should always be made to obey simple voice commands. The most important command being the word "NO".
Terri June 14, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Does anyone know how the owner fared?
Vernon Stroud June 14, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Tamarya, You made my point. Some made the comment that pit bulls kill more dogs that any other dog. My reply was because they have the built to accomplish that at higher percentage than most other dogs. The Poodle, German Shepard comparison was to make the point that a poodle does not have the size nor the strength to kill a German Shepard.
Debbie McConnell June 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It is with great sadness that I inform you Lilly's owner Dona has passed away last night. She will be greatly missed. Lilly will be staying in her own home with Dona's daughter.
Jen June 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Dona's passing. I was hoping so much that she would be ok. Its wonderful that Lily gets to stay in the home with family where she has known love. Bless Dona's heart for rescuing Lily. Condolences to Lily, and family and friends. Jen
Delta Elise June 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thank you to Berkeley Township Detective Will Cullen for not shooting the dog like so many other police do. Justice For Cisco on face book.
Bell June 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This is such a beautiful story about the loyalty of dogs, not just Pitties. although about some of the comments, it's sad when people are so closed minded and place judgment on a breed of dogs as a whole. That's like stereotyping a breed of people as a whole, or a grocery store chain as a whole.... or say that ALL people who have Russian heritage like vodka, or all babies born at 3:15AM will have green eyes. There are quite a few Pit bulls out there and to say they are all aggressive and prone to attack is slightly absurd. I will say this there seems to be a trend of the more seedy side of society believing that a pit will bring you status or that they are "cool" to own. And because this breeds of dog...like someone above said is bred with "gameness", it tends to run with the pack that feeds it. So if someone who isn't a responsible dog owner, has one then who know what could happen. I own a APBT. She is 2 and i found her on the streets. She is a great, sweet, loyal, and confident dog, I treat her with respect and give her what she needs (good food, lots of exercise, safe home). I know in comparison to most other breeds she could do a lot of damage with her strength and focus if she really wanted to, but it's not in her mind set to be aggressive at all. I know more little dog mixes that growl, yip and snap than I know of Pits that throw their weight around. Again this story is awesome.
Jen June 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The problem with domesticated animals is their owners. Many are not responsible and should not have a pet. That is why we have so many homeless dogs and cats. People should take care of them like they are their family and maintain control at all times.
Vernon Stroud June 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I'll tell you why! Because you opened your mouth regarding the temperment of the breed and allowed your ignorance about the breed to spill out.
LoyaltyOfDogs.com June 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Lilly is not only loyal but highly intelligent too, in seeking attention for her stricken owner.
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