Wednesday, May 09, 2007

One Heroic Dog

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Dog gets Purple Heart for saving kids

May 08, 2007

Article from: Agence France-Presse

A JACK Russell terrier who was mauled to death while saving five New Zealand children from an attack by two pit bulls is being honoured with a posthumous bravery medal.

George the Jack Russell

The medal from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) comes after US Vietnam veteran Jerrell Hudman said he was sending his Purple Heart medal to George's owner after hearing of the nine-year-old dog's bravery.

George, who had a heart problem, won fame after defending five children from the pit bulls in the small North Island town of Manaia a week and a half ago.

The two pit bulls rushed at the five children on the street, prompting George to charge the much larger dogs as the children escaped.

The Jack Russell was badly mauled by the two pit bulls and later had to be put down because of his extensive injuries. The two pit bulls were also put down.

The SPCA medal is usually awarded to people for their bravery in defending animals.

"George was a very brave little dog who almost certainly prevented severe injury, if not death, to at least one of the children,'' SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger said.

"It's truly tragic that he paid with his own life for his instinctive act of courage.''

Mr Hudman, 58, of Austin, Texas was a US Marine for 30 years and said he decided to send his Purple Heart to George's owner Alan Gay after reading the news on the internet because the dog was "a little warrior''.

The Purple Heart is awarded to those killed or injured fighting for the US military.

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