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Old 05-13-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Sad story. Im not one usually to get emotional but this did get to me inside a little. Thay should put own all pitpulls, very nasty dogs.






Four-year-old Darryl Wilson, front, holds a picture of George, a 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier that gave his life to save five New Zealand children from two marauding pitbulls, in New Plymouth, New Zealand in this, May 1, 2007 file photo. New Zealand's main animal welfare agency the Society for the Protection of Animals on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 awarded the Jack Russel, George, a bravery medal, while an American Vietnam veteran who read news articles about the attack said he would send a Purple Heart to the dog's owner



WELLINGTON (AFP) - Nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier George is being honoured with a posthumous bravery medal for saving five New Zealand 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 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
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Old 05-13-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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Good thing that dog was there. The story would probably be a lot worse if it hadn't.
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:19 PM   #3
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Interesting story, but anything like this I have to wonder how exaggerated it is.
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:23 PM   #4
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Interesting story, but anything like this I have to wonder how exaggerated it is.

I hope it is exagerated. Look at the poor lil dog, looked a happy little thing.
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Old 05-13-2007, 07:51 PM   #5
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yeah this was sad he's like a national hero over here in New Zealand now

just a week before a mother was mauled to death here in NZ as well!

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/423466/1074651

its really getting bad over here the government is looking to ban pit bulls now!
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Interesting story, but anything like this I have to wonder how exaggerated it is.

unfortunately its not
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unfortunately its not

Are there a lot of pit bulls over there or something?
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Old 05-13-2007, 08:33 PM   #8
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yeah this was sad he's like a national hero over here in New Zealand now

just a week before a mother was mauled to death here in NZ as well!

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/423466/1074651

its really getting bad over here the government is looking to ban pit bulls now!

He's a lovely little dog aswell. Looked so peacefull and happy.
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Old 05-13-2007, 08:35 PM   #9
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Thay should put own all pitpulls, very nasty dogs.



Pitbulls are great dogs. I have one and it gets along with EVERYBODY. Its the stupid owners that gives this great breed at bad name. Train any dog to be agressive and thats what he will become.
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