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10/14/2013 11:26 am ET

Hero Pit Bull Saves Cat From Hungry Coyotes (VIDEO)

This story is a testament to the power of second chances. A rescued pit bull named Jack has been hailed a hero -- and a true-blue pal -- after he risked his life to save a cat from a vicious coyote attack.

According to Fox 13 News, Jack the pit bull and Kitty the cat have been bonding ever since the pair began living together under one roof. Sherree Lewis, who owns Kitty, says she takes care of Jack while her son -- and Jack's owner -- Peter is deployed in Afghanistan.

"He probably feels like he's the caretaker.  He checks on her every day and sniffs her, seeing what kind of shape she is in," Lewis, of Seminole, Fla., said of Jack's affinity for his feline companion.

The duo's friendship was put to the test recently when Kitty became the target of a pair of hungry coyotes.

"As I was walking to the door, I could see the coyotes over here," Lewis told Fox 13. "One had her by the neck and the other had her by the tail."

The coyotes had reportedly been shaking Kitty "violently." Fortunately, before more harm could be done, Jack came sprinting towards them and attacked the animals until they let the cat go.

(For more on this story, go to Fox 13 News.)

Pit bulls may have a poor reputation, but that stereotype doesn't always hold true. Pit bulls frequently astound us with their capacity for love and heroism.

Just this week, a rescued pit bull was credited with saving the life of his new owner's 4-year-old son. According to KMSP-TV, TaterTot alerted his owner that something was wrong with her child by barking and whimpering. When the woman checked on her little boy, she discovered that he was "incoherent and barely breathing."

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