This Boerboel reacted quicker than the police to protect its home from a burglar who was out trying his luck. Find out how Jess saved lives.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, in Ou Wapad, Hartbeespoort, Jody Gabrielson heard his Boerboel dog, Jess, barking as he was watching TV.
How the burglar ended up trapped in the swimming pool
When Gabrielson looked out of the window to see what the cause of Jess’ barking may be, he saw a man jumping over the wall. Jess, instinctively, chased the trespasser, who sought refuge in the pool.
However, the dog sat on the edge of the swimming pool, growling at the intruder’s every move. It is only when Jess obediently obeyed the call of her owner, Gabrielson, that the trespasser was able to get out.
The burglar’s attempt to escape fails dismally
He chose to try to scale the wall to get onto a neighbour’s property but soon found out that the neighbour had pitbulls. The intruder decided he was going to try to hack his way out. Equipped with an axe, he charged at Gabrielson and the men tussled.
The police’s quick response
Gabrielson’s wife had alerted local security, PMV, and the community policing forum (CPF), who, thanks to their quick response, apprehended the intruder before anyone was harmed.
Clive Fisher from PMV Security said: “I told the man that he now probably realises that he tried to break into the wrong house.”
The intruder was charged with possession of housebreaking equipment and trespassing. Pitbulls and Boerboels are often seen as aggressive pets that are a danger to all humans. Some communities even have laws in place to prohibit residents from owning such pets.
However, the case of Jess and the pitbulls is proof that if the dog is well trained it will serve as a more efficient form of security for one’s home. There is only so much that a digital security system can do to prevent a crime like house break-ins.