On April 29th, 2007, a Jack Russell named “George” saved five children in New Zealand from an attack by two Pit Bulls. George was reported to have charged at the Pit Bulls, holding them at bay long enough for the children to get away. Sadly, George’s injuries were so severe that he did not live.
George was awarded a medal of bravery posthumously by the SPCA, an honor normally reserved for humans. A former U.S. Marine also donated a Purple Heart award he received for service in Vietnam to George’s owner.