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Neighbor's dog helps save man injured by car

Jessica Puente

By Jessica Puente
July 27, 2011 at 2:27 a.m.

Andrew Bazar, 13, and his dog, Bella, may have saved his neighbor on Monday after the man was run over by the Ford Explorer he was fixing in his front yard. Bella was the only one that heard the man screaming for help and barked, alerting Bazar, who was able to call 911 to get the man help.

An alert dog may have saved a Victoria man's life after the man was crushed by his own vehicle at his home.

Jeff New, 67, had been calling desperately for help when Bella, his neighbor's black Labrador, alerted her owner of New's distress.

New was listed in critical condition at a Houston hospital on Wednesday, but it could have been worse had it not been for the alert dog and her owner.

The accident happened at 4:30 p.m. Monday when New was working on the battery of his Ford Explorer at his College Drive home.

Andrew Bazar, New's 13-year-old neighbor, knew something was wrong when he noticed his dog, Bella, was barking and pacing back and forth to the window.

"I couldn't find her at first. She was barking standing near the window ledge. Then I looked out and saw my neighbor lying in his yard. So I put my shoes on and blasted across the street," Andrew said.

The boy was shaken by the accident but managed to called 911 for help.

"Adrenaline took over, and it was hard to get the words out to tell the operator what had happened," he said.

The details of how the incident occurred are unknown, but the vehicle crushed New's abdomen and legs, causing internal bleeding, the neighbor said. He was stabilized at Citizens Medical Center and then transferred to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, where he is undergoing treatment.

"His shoe was caught under the tire when we found him," said Scott Bazar, Andrew's father.

"It looks like he left it in gear when he was working on the battery, and it started moving. The car is in the driveway right where it stopped."

New is retired and lives with his wife, who was gone at the time of the incident.

This was the first time neighbors had seen New working on his vehicle.

The Bazar family and Bella have been neighbors to the News for almost 14 years.

"Thank goodness Bella heard, because Mr. New said he had been yelling a lot," the elder Bazar said.

Bella is 2 years old and knows a lot of the neighbors on her street. She was named after a character in the Twilight series, Andrew's mother and sister's favorite books.

"She alerts us on things. If someone walks by that she doesn't know or when the newspaper arrives, she goes out and gets it," Bazar said. "She's a really smart dog."



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