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Top dog Oi gets golden thank you

PUBLISHED: 10:21 08 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 25 August 2010

A dog which saved the life of her owner after confronting intruders brandishing machetes has been given a prestigious award from a veterinary charity - four months after the pet s death.

A dog which saved the life of her owner after confronting intruders brandishing machetes has been given a prestigious award - four months after the pet's death.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Oi's owner Patricia Adshead was presented with the PDSA gold medal, the highest award for animal bravery, by television presenter Graham

Norton at a ceremony at the Tower of London. Oi leapt into action when a gang forced their way into her family's Thamesmead home in July 2008. Oi confronted the intruders, and received a machete blow to the head, exposing her brain.

Despite suffering horrific injuries, the gang fled and the blood soaked dog was taken to the Freda Powell Veterinary centre in Thamesmead.

Mrs Adshead said: "I only wish Oi could have lived long enough to accept her medal here today. I would have liked that as she was such a brave dog and certainly saved my life. I could never thank her enough for that."

Oi was one of three dogs at the ceremony to receive the PDSA gold medal, which was first given out in 2001. It has been awarded to just 18 other recipients, all dogs.

Recognised as the animal equivalent of the George Cross, the highest honour for civilian bravery, the medal is awarded to animals that are instrumental in saving human or animal life when its own life is in jeopardy, or through outstanding devotion to duty.

Graham Norton said: "All three dogs showed incredible devotion and loyalty to their owners. It just underlines the power animals have to enhance our lives and, in these cases, save our lives. All three deserve their medal. Well done dogs.


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