A pit bull credited with saving a woman's life in North Georgia is starting a new life at a Knoxville pit bull rescue facility.

According to a YouCaring page, the pit bull named Hero saved a woman he did not know from a male attacker in Baldwin, Ga. The site says Hero was stabbed five times in the fight, but deputies took the dog to the vet for treatment.

"They almost lost him, but they got him there just in the nick of time," said Carla Welch, the founder and director of Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue.

Donations to pay for Hero's treatment total more than $1,400 as of Friday afternoon.

According to a YouCaring page, Hero was stabbed five times while trying to save a woman from a male attacker. Courtesy: Carla Welch
According to a YouCaring page, Hero was stabbed five times while trying to save a woman from a male attacker. Courtesy: Carla Welch

Hero is now with Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue in West Knox County.

Welch said he is starting to adjust to being around the other dogs and has a sweet disposition.

"He's very laid back, very sweet," she said. "He likes to talk to you. He's going to make somebody a great companion."

Welch said he will be available for adoption in about a week, but she is waiting for his wounds to heal first.

"Hero will get his second chance," she said. "He will get a fantastic family, and he will finally get his happily ever after."

According to the organization's website, Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue is a non-profit "that is a fierce and determined army that have dedicated our hearts and souls to saving our beloved Bully breeds."