A brave little dog who lost his life trying to save a group of children attacked by Pit Bull Terriers has been awarded the highest possible honour for pet bravery.
George, a Jack Russell, has been posthumously bestowed with the PDSA Gold Medal following the incident in which five children, aged between three and 12 years, were set upon by the pair of savage dogs.
The courageous canine had been out for a walk with his young friends when they were attacked by the Pit Bulls.
Alan Gay and George
George, who was 14, died later from horrific wounds sustained as he shielded the children from the Pit Bulls’ jaws.
Hundreds of people from the beloved pet’s home town in New Zealand turned out to remember his heroism alongside George’s owner, widower Alan Gay, as he proudly accepted the award from Governor-General His Excellency The Honourable Anand Satyanand presenting on behalf of PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
The medal, which is awarded only for acts of extreme valour and devotion by animals, was hung around the neck of a commemorative statue of George, erected by the grateful town of Manaia on the country’s North Island.
Earlier today (Wednesday, February 11th), many of the town’s residents – including the children saved by George’s bravery – turned out for the presentation.
PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said the charity’s Council had been deeply touched by the accounts of George’s bravery: “There’s no doubt that George was a small dog with a lion’s share of courage.
“Each account of his devotion to the five children on the day of the incident tells of a dog that was not afraid to face great fear in order to protect his friends. The children will never forget George’s sacrifice and PDSA is proud to honour this exceptionally brave dog.”