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This Intrepid 84-Year-Old Woman Saved Her Neighbor's Dog From Wild Coyotes

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When faced with a heart-stopping situation, one brave Bensenville, Illinois, woman didn't hesitate to step up to the plate.

On July 11, 84-year-old Dolores "Dolly" Jefferson was getting a cup of coffee, when she heard a "commotion" in her backyard, the Daily Herald reported. She looked outside and was greeted by an alarming site: Five coyotes had surrounded her neighbor's dog, Roxie.

The octogenarian sprung into action.

"I ran outside screaming as loud as I could and shooed the coyotes away," Jefferson told the Daily Herald.

Roxie, a 26-pound Egyptian Pharaoh hound, had been bitten on the nose by one of the animals, Pet360 reported, luckily, she escaped with just minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Rich Parent, Jefferson's neighbor and Roxie's owner, was at home at the time of the attack, but he was splitting wood and couldn't hear the ruckus.

"Another five or 10 seconds delay by Dolly and Roxie would not be here," he told NBC Chicago.

Parent expressed his gratitude for Jefferson's fearlessness, and has since bought a bullhorn for her to use if she sees coyotes in their area again, NBC Chicago reported.

"Here's this lady pushing 85 years old, and she's my hero," Parent told the outlet.


Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the dog's breed.

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