A heroic pit bull came to the rescue of a woman who was allegedly being strangled by an intruder in her own home.
The unnamed dog bounded into the 60-year-old victim's bedroom to find a man assaulting her, and caused enough of a distraction to allow her to hide in the bathroom while the assailant fled.
A 34-year-old man has since been arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Police were called to an address on Iron Street in North Parramatta, Greater Sydney just after 4am on Sunday morning.
Susan Bandera, the 60-year-old occupant of the house, had woken up to find a man in her bedroom.
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He allegedly assaulted the woman and tried to strangle her, but Ms Bandera's pit bull ran into the room and attacked him, NSW Police said.
This life-saving interruption allowed her to run and hide in the bathroom, while the man fled the scene.
Officers were called to the home and launched an investigation into the alleged incident that same day.
Police arrested Peni Naiserelagi, 34, at a home on Victoria Rd in Parramatta (located approximately 15 minutes' drive from the victim's house) at about 10pm on Sunday evening.
Mr Naiserelagi, who is known to Ms Bandera, was taken to Parramatta police station where he was charged with break, enter and assault with intent to murder.
The charges were mentioned briefly before Parramatta Local Court on Monday morning, but Mr Naiserelagi did not appear in person or via video link according to local media reports.
He applied for bail but it was refused, and he has been remanded in custody to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Monday.
He will next return to Parramatta Local Court on October 15.
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