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Child’s best friend thwarts kidnap attempt

A dog stopped an attempted child kidnapping on the city’s West Side Thursday aftenroon, Buffalo police reported.

The child, a resident in the city’s Grant-West Delavan area, was approached by a man and woman in a burgundy minivan, Northwest District police reported. The man grabbed the boy by the hair and attempted to pull him into their vehicle, before the dog thwarted the kidnap attempt by biting him, police reported.

The vehicle fled and was last seen heading south on West Avenue. Police are investigating the incident.

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