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Dog defends owner from Balboa Park attacker

Posted at 6:45 AM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 11:25:11-04
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego woman claims she was terrorized at a popular dog park this weekend while she was playing with her dogs. 
 
Allie Jette brings her two dogs, Tino and Charles, to Nate's Point Dog Park in Balboa Park almost every day. She brought them to the dog park at around 3 a.m. Sunday after she got off work so they could run around before bed. She says their peaceful play date quickly turned dangerous. 
 
"They started barking, and I figured it was just a coyote," Jette said. 
 
When she turned around, she saw a shirtless man sneaking up behind her.
 
"Whatever his intentions were, they weren't good because he didn't say anything, he didn't make himself known. He didn't say 'Hey, how are you?' Like, there's nothing. And I turn around and he just had like a grin on his face." 
 
Jette says her dog Tino lunged at the attacker, who quickly latched onto her for protection. 
 
"He (the attacker) ended up jumping on my back and using me as like a human shield to protect himself against my dog.” 
 
She finally broke free and her attacker ran off into the darkness. She called San Diego police, but officers were not able to find the man. 
 
“It seems like more and more instances are happening around San Diego, and I mean, this is normally a pretty safe area,” Jette said. 
 
Jette said she'll never come to the dog park alone again. 
 
"It's a shame that I can't just come here by myself. It was like one of our best times just being here, just me and the dogs in the middle of the night.”