Dog Saves Owner From Gun-Wielding Home Invader

Kim Nuoffer's 85-pound Pit Bull, Monkey, scared the intruder off.

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Monkey the Pit Bull protected his family from a home intruder. Via Click on Detroit

A Michigan woman was injured and assaulted during a terrifying early morning home invasion, but the situation could’ve been even worse if it hadn’t been for her dog.

Kim Nuoffer and her 1-year-old child were asleep when a still-unidentified man broke into her Redford, Michigan, home at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Click on Detroit reports. The man broke her bedroom window and climbed inside where he yelled at Nuoffer to get on the ground. When she refused, that’s when Nuoffer said the man hit her in the face with his gun.

“I was calling for my dog as I was trying to keep him away from me,” she told Click on Detroit.

When the man heard Nuoffer’s dog — an 85-pound Pit Bull named Monkey — he fled. He has yet to be apprehended. Nuoffer suffered minor head injuries, but none of her four children were harmed. Neither was Monkey.

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  • Pit bulls get such bad raps due to a few irresponsible owners and the media needing a dramatic story for the 6 o’clock news. Pits are such loyal dogs and will do anything to please their people. They are far from the monsters they are portrayed as. They are simply dogs. No different than a poodle, a retriever, or a mutt. They are all pure LOVE!

    Brook Caillouette July 22, 2015 1:30 am Reply
    • Agreed! However, had the intruder been in any way injured, Monkey would be in the fight for his life because of the idiotic bias against these wonderful angels!

      Carly Chichester July 22, 2015 5:36 am Reply
      • Oh, Carly! I wish you were not SO right! Any dog that saves his family deserves to be thought a hero, but unfortunately, the authorities brand them as vicious and destroy them.

        SOOO glad this story has such a happy ending!

        Andrea July 22, 2015 9:23 am Reply
      • Actually Kim has been fighting for Kim’s life ever since this story hit the airwaves. The city that Kim lives in has a ban on Pit Bulls, so last I heard, she had been cited for having Monkey & was told that she either had to get rid of him or move from city limits. It’s pretty sad.

        Sheila July 22, 2015 12:25 pm Reply
        • Dang it! I meant “Actually Kim has been fighting for Monkey’s life…”

          Sheila July 22, 2015 12:26 pm Reply
          • We knew what you meant. I wonder how we can help this hero pup.

            KatWrangler July 22, 2015 1:40 pm Reply
      • So true, he will not be recognized as a hero because he is a Pit. They are the best dogs in the world and will love you more than you could ever love them.

        Starla July 22, 2015 4:32 pm Reply
    • Brook, I appreciate your sentiments, but Pits are NOT same as poodles, retrievers, or mutts, just as Rotts, Malinois, and even small terriers, etc. are not the same as the breeds you mentioned. Most dog breeds were developed for specific purposes, and they still retain those characteristics. Yes, the good Pits have gotten a bad rap, but that because there are many out there that have demonstrated the behaviors they were bred for. Same goes for the Rotts and some of the bigger breeds that were bred for their aggression or protective nature. Some of the smaller terriers were also bred for the same purpose, but a Jack Russell going ballistic on your pant leg is going to turn out much differently than a Pit going ballistic on your throat. Yes, most dogs (Pits included, and I’ve had 1 pit and 2 Rotts), respond to love and affection and are themselves loving and affectionate, but that can turn on a dime. Some breeds are more stable and some are more volatile. I work with animals for a living, so this isn’t just being pulled from a hat. Dogs are like people, in a way: you can have siblings who are all raised the same way, but one comes out unpredictable and often violent. Why? Many theories, but who knows for sure? But when you’re dealing with and animal that is bred for aggression and doesn’t have a developed frontal cortex, you’re going to see these horrible consequences more often than a dog that was bred to be a lap dog, or was bred for companionship.

      Dr. Michael Wooten July 22, 2015 9:08 am Reply
      • Dr. Wooten, I have read numerous stories of dogs attacking people, some in dog packs and many of these have been golden retriever mixed breeds. To determine an entire breed of a statistically small number is not fair or accurate.

        DG July 22, 2015 12:29 pm Reply
      • It is still so hard to believe how many people are so uneducated and really don’t know what pitt bulls were ‘bred’ to be. People speak of them retaining what they’ve been bred to be and that is why they are not to be trusted. Sorry folks, but some of the earliest breeding was done to match their nurturing nature, hence the nickname they carried for decades ‘the nanny dog’. They were known to protect their charge with their last breath. The reason they so willingly submit to the deplorable people who train them to fight and can withstand so much abuse is that they love people and will do anything their master requires, even when being horribly mistreated, in hopes for a single shred of affection. They have not been bred with locking jaws and there are several breeds we consider on the good dog list that actually have a larger bite and can do much more damage (and have) than any of the pitty breeds. Monkey, you should be commended for your willingness to protect your master even if it would have meant taking a bullet for her. I’ve known many dogs that would have just found a place to hide and would have been found cowering in a corner when police came to found the family dead at the hands of the invaders.

        Cathy July 22, 2015 12:47 pm Reply
      • I cannot concur with your conclusion. My vet (God rest her soul has since past) would not agree. I myself have a mixed breed dog. I own a shipoo the poodle in him was bred for hunting in Germany hundreds of years ago, but my dog will not give chase to anything (I live in a highly wooded areas with a variety of game) If a person even comes into my home he will hide behind me. I do agree that dog’s can turn on a dime. Statistics have shown that other classified breeds good for families have a higher rate for biting.

        Humans are far more unpredictable than dogs. The pit (this poor breed) is many cases harassed and harmed “Kill or be killed” attitude into fighting. Tia Torres (Pit Bulls and Parolees) might also beg to differ with you.

        I have been hurt by more people than animals should I condem an entire race (rational humans) for the the stupidity of a few?

        carol July 22, 2015 1:07 pm Reply
      • I do not agree with you doc. They were referred to as “Nanny dogs”. Due to their protective nurturing ways, that’s why these wonderful animals were desired. They were NOT used for aggressive or fighting purposes until years later. Thank you.

        Chalene July 22, 2015 1:53 pm Reply
      • You pompously call yourself “Doctor,” so of what are you a doctor? You say you “work with animals.” Are you a vet? If so, I wouldn’t bring my dogs to you because of your predisposition against particular dogs. This is an article about a pitbull who’s saved a woman from attack without regard for his own life, and all you could do is contribute a long-winded know-it-all comment which promotes fear of the breed in order to diminish his heroism. It’s this kind of “information” which leads to Breed Specific Legislation and the confiscation and euthanization of family pets. If a pitbull exhibits aggressive behavior, it’s because human miscreants take advantage of the pit’s innate quality to please his owner, the same quality that make pits such wonderful companions. So please keep your pontification to yourself–it’s not helpful.

        George July 22, 2015 11:07 pm Reply
    • I consider myself a lover of ALL animals, but I am firstly a ‘cat person’. Even I realize mean dogs are Not born mean. Pit bulls are loving, trustworthy and probably one of the most fiercely loyal and protective dogs in existence.

      DG July 22, 2015 12:22 pm Reply
    • Brook,
      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Very true. I grew up with Pits and they are THE best pets ever.

      San July 22, 2015 2:48 pm Reply
    • agreed. i have 2 pit boxer mixes and i couldnt ask for sweeter more precious dogs. im sure glad toledo doesnt have a ban on them. our whole neighborhood is full of them. seems like everyone is getting the message that its ok to have pit bulls as pets. toledo even offers spaying and neutering for 5.00 cant beat that deal. both my babies are spayed now.

      hasher July 22, 2015 4:31 pm Reply
  • Good for Monkey. It is fantastic the way dogs will defend their family. I hope that he was given a special treat and lots of hugs.

    Allan Booyjzsen July 22, 2015 1:48 am Reply
    • Right on! Dogs, regardless of the fear that some people want to instill within us rational people, want only to please their families! Dogs are just the best! Give them what they deserve; love and a forever home and you will have the best friend forever!

      Naila July 22, 2015 4:09 pm Reply
  • Monkey is hero and a wonderful dog for his family. Monkey knows he is loved and so do his family.
    God Bless! Wishing you many happy years together. NEVER judge a breed.

    Sheila July 22, 2015 2:16 am Reply
  • I LOVE that Monkey! The true nature of a creature cannot be changed, but the way we nurture or furry friends makes all the difference. THERE ARE NO BAD ANIMALS, only bad “owners.”

    Dee Bee July 22, 2015 2:34 am Reply
    • While I would love to be able to agree with you about no bad breeds, I’m sorry I cannot. I’ve been observing our neighbor’s two pit bull pups and while the female is relatively calm, the male is already aggressive and destructive. The people are kind folks having had dogs before but these pups are very strong and they will be large pits when grown. Even now as youngsters, their owns are having a hard time managing them. Our landlord has ordered the people to get rid of the dogs because of liability issues and I agree.

      Catherine Taylor July 22, 2015 7:40 am Reply
      • I guarantee that when the pups are neutered, the behavior will change for the better. Sadly, the majority of dog attacks come from un-neutered/un-spayed animals with no behavioral training. And that’s not just pit bulls. That’s all dogs.

        Hedwig Robinson July 22, 2015 7:46 am Reply
        • You are absolutely right.

          Eva July 22, 2015 8:14 am Reply
      • Cathy Taylor, you know nothing.

        Jade Bennington July 22, 2015 8:50 am Reply
      • That is a crying shame Catherine. I think there are many runs of aggression in many families,people too. My best friend had a pit bull who played somewhat aggressively and that dog has never ever hurt a hair on anyone’s or any animals’ body. I used to think the same bad rap about pit bulls until I got to know her dog and initially was intimidated, once I got to know ‘Sasha’ I discovered her to be a big baby who loved attention and love.

        DG July 22, 2015 12:33 pm Reply
      • Catherine, How do you know that family isn’t teasing them or not raising them correctly? All pups can sometimes show aggressive behavior. That’s normal. It’s a pack thing. Who’s pack leader, etc. I think that family needs some training on how to raise dogs…..any dogs. They need obedience training. It’s very helpful for any breed.

        Chalene July 22, 2015 1:58 pm Reply
  • Pit bulls are awesome! I love them so much!

    Colleen A. Tucker July 22, 2015 2:49 am Reply
  • Good for Monkey and I’m glad that his family looked beyond the “all pit bulls are bad” and he has a good home.
    Why don’t we hear about this on national news instead of always the bad about these dogs?

    MariaA July 22, 2015 3:30 am Reply
  • Pit Bulls were originally nicknamed Nanny Dogs for their innate desire to protect.

    Lois July 22, 2015 4:09 am Reply
  • I love that proud and determined look 🙂

    Ali July 22, 2015 4:18 am Reply
  • THANK YOU MONKEY for doing such a GREAT job of protecting your family. Love and Blessings to you and your loved ones! xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye L Kolles July 22, 2015 4:28 am Reply
  • I love pits-they are very protective loving dogs. my face has been licked by 100’s of pitties. Way to go Monkey. Hope that family cherishes you everyday you sooo deserve it.

    pat lee July 22, 2015 4:40 am Reply
  • Well done, Monkey!!! You deserve lots of hugs and pats and treats!!!

    Joan Cootes July 22, 2015 4:51 am Reply
  • Hooray monkey. Another great story of a wonderful dog . This story could of been so much worse.

    skylar July 22, 2015 5:33 am Reply
  • Monkey is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to him, this family is still safe and unharmed. I agree with one of the other comments——Pit Bulls are NOT horribly bad dogs. They get the rap for everything because many of them are trained by PEOPLE to fight, attack, or kill for sport and money. It is the people who have caused them to be said to be harmful and mean.
    I’m sure there are just as many wonderful stories about Pit Bulls and the outstanding things they do, but sensationalism is to tell ALL the bad things they have done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WAY TO GO MONKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are the HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Becky Britt July 22, 2015 5:51 am Reply
  • Praise God for Monkey!! I love Pits!! We had three who are all now gone to glory, but as for my family, they were the BEST dogs we’ve ever had!! Society has such an incorrect perception of this breed. This breed will stand firm and give their life to protect those that they love. I’m so glad the family and dog are ok. This is a wonderful example of the loyalty of the fabulour Pit Bull!

    Jacqueline July 22, 2015 5:58 am Reply
  • Thank God this ended well. Kudos to you, Monkey. You are precious and very special. On another note, I would trust my pittie to protect me, if the need ever arises.

    Rita July 22, 2015 6:01 am Reply
  • Monkey, Monkey! What a good dog and such love for his family. It breaks my heart when I hear about a pit hurting someone because I know that good dog was neglected or abused or both. Dogs aren’t born mean. They’re turned mean out of fear. All dogs are good dogs.

    Pamela Lapier July 22, 2015 6:30 am Reply
  • Pit Bulls used to be nanny dogs, but since people use them for illegal dog fighting, the idiotic media decided to twist that and make all pit bulls “mean” or “terrifying”! But they are sweet and wouldn’t hurt a fly!

    Tule the dog July 22, 2015 8:25 am Reply
  • After losing my beagle after 18yrs. Husband brought home a pitty. She was used as a bait dog…..one of the most loving dogs, so sweet. But only lived 5 yrs. had a brain tumor from her earlier life. But I know we gave her the best we could and she was loved.

    Judy powers July 22, 2015 9:31 am Reply
  • Monkey did the right thing. When will these A*@hole bureaucrats who know nothing of the issues they pass laws on get wise that breed based laws are feckless. Pass (AND ENFORCE) the laws on the trash that breaks into the house.

    Craig Kleber July 22, 2015 10:44 am Reply
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    jlloyd July 22, 2015 12:03 pm Reply
  • A smarter than average intruder! Congratulations to all of you.

    jean July 22, 2015 12:05 pm Reply
  • What a magnificent and noble looking dog! Kudos to Monkey, he’s a hero!

    Guest100 July 22, 2015 12:13 pm Reply
  • So typical that the town bans the dog, and they want the dog out? I would have thought that the community would have given the dog an award for valor! I’m sure the criminal will get out of jail if he goes for “good behavior” but get rid of the “dangerous dog”. I would love to have a petition to sign to overturn this ruling so that the dog stays. How about getting rid of the guy that broke into the house! As of as the individual who works with animals there is good and bad in all people as well as animals how to you fault an entire breed for a few. Should you fault the criminals entire family for the stupidity of one?

    I don’t fear animals as much as I do people. Think about it

    carol July 22, 2015 12:47 pm Reply
  • Amen to Carol! Why do you think Pit Bulls were labeled the “nanny Dog”?!

    Lynne Greenwood July 22, 2015 12:54 pm Reply
    • I wrote a a personal reply to Dr. Wooton. If there is a petition I ‘ll be the first to sign!

      carol July 22, 2015 1:10 pm Reply
  • Monkey was ready to take a bite out of crime! good job and kudos to this heroic pet

    Christine July 22, 2015 1:17 pm Reply
    • This wesitbe makes things hella easy.

      Aslan February 9, 2016 8:08 pm Reply
  • Monkey is INDEED a beautiful dog. Pit Bulls are among the most intelligent of dogs, protective of their family members, and should never ever be allowed to fall into the hands of irresponsible people. They should never be bred to bring out their aggressiveness as they are incredibly strong and if allowed to get out of control can and do cause serious consequences. May handsome Monkey enjoy a very long and loving life.

    JoAnne Klein July 22, 2015 9:36 pm Reply
  • What a beautiful and proud dog! The problem with pit bulls is the owners, not the dogs as it is with
    most dogs.

    Pam July 22, 2015 10:09 pm Reply
  • Great story. Must admit I had been intimidated by Rottweilers until a friend of mine had one as a puppy. I could wrestle and play with the dog and more so as it got older. Personally I have always loved the German Shepard and have had a few, the latest Bear. Almost all black, hence the name but also because he weighs about 125 pounds. A better pet/protector could not be asked for. Very intimidating looking but I know he would defend and protect my wife although he is as docile and loving as can be. In closing, a dog of any breed is what it is raised to be. Love them and they will love you back. Make them cruel and you will have a cruel dog. JMO.

    Mike July 23, 2015 1:31 am Reply
  • Criminals should be banned, not Pit Bulls! Pit Bulls are very kind, loving dogs. Each dog should be judged as an individual, not breed. That is racism! Since dogs have teeth, any breed of dog can bite! Each owner should be held responsible for socializing and controlling his dog.

    Andy Whiteman July 23, 2015 6:32 pm Reply
  • Wonderful dog, wonderful family, wonderful ending.

    Glennis Whitney July 25, 2015 6:38 pm Reply
  • There are so many negetive comments and those are YOUR OPINIONS !! Before you bash on the breed due to all the bad media and owners you may want to add that these are your opinions !! This story is about Monkey the Pitty who is a protector for his family and IN MY OPINION a Hero, it is NOT about bashing the breed !! Punish the deed not the breed !! They are ar Heros too !! Do some real research before you continue to feed this (Bad dog) image !! MY OPINION !!

    Donna July 26, 2015 9:30 am Reply
  • There are so many negetive comments and those are YOUR OPINIONS !! Before you bash on the breed due to all the bad media and owners you may want to add that these are your opinions !! This story is about Monkey the Pitty who is a protector for his family and IN MY OPINION a Hero, it is NOT about bashing the breed !! Punish the deed not the breed !! They are War Heros too !! Do some real research before you continue to feed this (Bad dog) image !! MY OPINION !!

    Donna July 26, 2015 9:31 am Reply

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