DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 29/04/2007 Manaia, New Zealand.
On Sunday 29 April 2007, George, a 14 year-old Jack Russell terrier from Manaia, New Zealand, was walking with his neighbour’s children when they were approached from behind by two Pit Bull Terriers.
The dogs were loose and moving quickly towards one of the younger children. George, who had been walking ahead of the group, turned around and faced the Pit Bulls. The brave little Terrier ran at the dogs, barking all the time as they closed in on him. Thanks to George’s intervention the children were able to escape but they could do nothing to help the dog that had saved them.
Reluctantly, due to the trauma George had suffered, George’s owner, Alan Gay, agreed to have George put to sleep.
George’s bravery in the face of danger and his determination to protect the safety of his young friends prevented serious injury and potentially saved the lives of all five children.
The PDSA Gold Medal was awarded posthumously to George on 11 February 2009. Hundreds of people from the beloved pet’s home town turned out to remember George’s heroism alongside the brave dog’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 five children George protected in the savage attack stood proudly alongside Mr Gay and the bronze statue of George which had been erected by the town in honour of their hero dog.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For bravery and devotion when protecting the lives of five children in his home town of Manaia, North Island, New Zealand, when they were threatened by two Pit Bull Terriers.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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