Lifestyle Pets Small Hero Dog Shot Twice in Leg Survives and Saves Young Girl From Armed Home Intruders The girl was able to escape through the garage while the dog distracted the gunmen By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. She began at the brand in 2018 as an editorial intern and later returned as an intern on the Food team. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland in 2019, Georgia worked as an entertainment intern at USA Today before coming back to PEOPLE as a digital news writer. In April 2021, she began her role as a Parents writer/reporter. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 3, 2020 02:28 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Don’t be fooled by this small dog’s size — with just her bark, Starla was able to protect a young girl from a group of dangerous home intruders. On Tuesday, two armed robbers broke into Dion Ewing’s South Fulton, Georgia home around 3 p.m. while only the dog and Ewing’s niece were at the residence, WGCL reported. After the robbers broke down the door, Starla, a two-year-old Yorkshire terrier, tried to distract the intruders before one of the men shot the dog in her front and hind legs. During this time, Ewing’s niece was able to escape through the garage after getting an “alert on her phone about somebody approaching,” Ewing told the outlet. Despite Starla’s wounds, she continued to run after the robbers and distract them from shooting the girl. “This little thing right here. It’s just like a little guard dog,” Ewing explained after the attack. ‘True Hero’ Pet Parrot Shouts ‘Fire’ to Alert Tennessee Family to Dangerous Blaze in Home She added, “They were chasing her out and the dog was chasing behind them. Even after being shot.” Ewing’s niece made it outside, however, the men followed close behind. According to the outlet, one of the robbers asked the other if he should shoot the girl, but Starla’s bark distracted them from going through with their plan. Ohio Teen and Her Dog Praised for Saving Grandmother’s Life After She Collapses in Kitchen The men got in their car and sped away from the scene. “They’re cowards. I think that, you know, if you know anything, please turn them in,” said Ewing.