South Tampa, Florida -- Some pretty heroic moments in South Tampa Thursday morning as a woman placed herself between a ferocious dog and some students who were on their way to school.

"He just charged at me," said 14-year-old Alen Velic who was on his way to classes at Robinson High School this morning when he and his friends were attacked by a dog which had broken free from its chain at a house across the street.

"I got bit there, there and there," he said, pointing at the wounds.

The dog got to the high school freshman's leg as he was jumping a neighboring fence. It wasn't that painful, he said, but he's uncomfortable waiting to find out results from a rabies test.

Velic says as the attack was happening, a woman named Michelle Bennett, was driving by with her own child in the car.

Seeing what was happening, Bennett grabbed a rake from the front yard and started beating the dog back, urging the kids to get across the street and behind a fence for protection.

"I thought that was pretty brave of her. I mean no other person would have done that. Nobody else would do anything," said Velic.

It turns out it wasn't only Bennett's motherly instinct that kicked in.

Bennett, who lives on base at MacDill, told police her military instinct took over too.

Meanwhile, school resource officer Willie Lucas from Robinson High School was called to the scene got out of his cruiser, and shot the dog.

"The dog continued to charge at him so he had to shoot the dog," said Tampa Police Lt. Kimberly Plourde-Torres.

Bennett was also bitten on the leg. She was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital.

The dog was still alive when taken away from the scene to a Bay Area animal clinic.

Animal control workers say the dog wastreated for two gunshot wounds to the leg, and had been stabilized.

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