A Jefferson County woman says her dog saved her from being sexually assaulted by a man who forced his way into her home.

Deputies said Tanya Kendell heard a knock at the door of her apartment at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and a man outside identified himself as "the cable man." Sheriff's Lt. Dave Marshak said that as soon as soon she let him in, he forced her down and tried to sexually assault her.

Enter "Grace," the woman's German Shepherd. The dog attacked the man, and during a struggle bit him on the upper body. The intruder fled, and police are looking for a man about 6 feet tall with a medium build, short hair and a light beard.