Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hero dog awarded war medal


I love dogs!! This made me all teary...

A NINE-year-old Jack Russell terrier George is being honoured with a posthumous bravery medal for saving five children from an attack by two pitbulls.

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 in New Zealand after hearing of the dog's bravery.

George, who had a heart problem, won fame after defending five children from the pitbulls in the small North Island town of Manaia a week and a half ago.
The two pitbulls 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 pitbulls and later had to be put down because of his extensive injuries. The two pitbulls 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.''

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.

4 comments:

Caro said...

Oh, Shoot! That's me teared up too! Sniffle. I've raced out to the backyard to hug my JR. He's not brave, in fact he's a sissy boy, but, he's the closest thing to hand.

Anonymous said...

i know!!
i like to think my Scooner-boy would save me too....
LOL
-Bex

Lara said...

Yup. I cried.

elan said...

Gosh we're a bunch of marshmallows, I cried too... our dog places himself between the children & anyone/thing that comes to the back fence (we back onto a park). Pit bulls are banned here but a neighbour was attacked last winter & had to get up on top of her car.