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Dog honoured for chasing attacker

Tuesday September 28th 2010

A Rottweiler dog who saved a woman from a sex attacker has been honoured for his brave actions.

The two-year-old dog named Jake chased off the man as he molested a woman on Hearsall Common, Coventry, in July 2009. Police nominated the rescue dog for the bravery award and medallion.

After he scared off the attacker, the dog guarded the distraught victim until police arrived.

The RSPCA held a conference at the Prostar Stadium in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, to present the gong to Jake.

The brave actions of Jake produced a good result, but they prove that pets can put themselves in harms way. Pet insurance cover can pay for a vet's bill if your animal is injured or becomes unwell.

Liz Maxted-Bluck, who rescued Jake from an RSPCA home in December 2008, said: "He is such a lovely natured dog and is very nosey so I think that was why he went to investigate that day when he heard the screams.

"After I called the police, he stayed alert and close to us like he was guarding us. It is brilliant that he is receiving this award from the RSPCA, I am really proud."

She added: "As soon as I saw him that December in the kennels I wanted him. Rottweilers don't always get good publicity so it is great to see a Rottweiler being recognised in such a positive way."

The attacker has since been convicted of serious sexual assault and jailed for four years.

Glenn Mayoll, manager of RSPCA Coventry Animal Centre, said: "We are also immensely proud of Jake and this story just goes to show that a rescue dog can be a great addition to any family.

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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