Tiny terrier dies after saving 5 kids

Another magnificent dog story….

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A Jack Russel Terrier

A plucky foot-high Jack Russell terrier named George saved five New Zealand children from two marauding pitbulls, but was so severely mauled in the fight he had to be destroyed, his owner said Wednesday.

George was playing with the group of children as they returned home from buying sweets at a neighborhood shop in the small North Island town of Manaia last Sunday when the two pitbulls appeared and lunged toward them, his owner Allan Gay said.

"George was brave — he took them on and he's not even a foot high," Gay told The Associated Press. "He jumped in on them, he tried to keep them off.

"If it wasn't for George, those kids would have copped it."

One of the children, Richard Rosewarne, 11, was quoted in the Taranaki Daily News on Wednesday as saying George fought with the pitbulls to keep them off his four-year-old brother, Darryl.

"George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them, but they started to bite him — one on the head and the other on the back," Rosewarne said. "We ran off crying and some people saw what was happening and rescued George."

But George, aged 9, was so badly mauled that a veterinarian had to put him down, Gay said.

For George, surely now with God in his heaven….

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4 Responses to Tiny terrier dies after saving 5 kids

  1. Lauren says:

    What a depressing story… George was a true hero though. To know that he gave up his own life for children is so touching… I've heard of stories like this before, but George's story really stands out.
    Some animals are amazing. I'll never get over that. I hope George is happy wherever he is.

  2. Mikey says:

    Yes, it is an amazing story, but certainly not unusual. One of the other computer operators here has a terrier, and he is as friendly as can be – except when he senses danger to his people…Many dogs identify with us so strongly, that they willingly give up their lives to protect us – and especially children, it seems. Something that is pretty much unknown in the rest of the natural world. Do you know the Welsh legend of the boy Prince Llywelyn and his faithful dog named Gelert?"One day, the couple's newborn son is missing and
    Llywelyn, discovering Gelert near the crib with a bloody mouth, raises
    his sword to the animal, only to find the infant safe and a dead wolf
    outside."All dogs go to heaven – as we know from the movie! 🙂

  3. mayumi says:

    So sad~!! People really need to start socializing their pets or at least making sure that they can't harm anyone if they aren't good with other pets or people. But I hope George is happy..wherever he is. ^_^

  4. Mikey says:

    I'm sure that everyone feels the same way. Poor doggie! He sacrificed his life for those kids though… I would be willing to send money for a fund to build him a statue, like Hachiko has in Japan… 🙂

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