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The PDSA Gold Medal - awarded "for animal gallantry and devotion to duty".

The PDSA Gold Medal is an animal bravery award that acknowledges the bravery and devotion to duty of animals. It was created by the PDSA in 2002, and is now recognized as the animal equivalent of the George Cross.

An animal can be awarded the PDSA Gold Medal if it assists in saving human or animal life when its own life is in danger or through exceptional devotion to duty. The medal can also be awarded to animals in public service, such as police or rescue dogs, if the animal dies or suffers serious injury whilst carrying out its official duties in the face of armed and violent opposition.

As of February 2009, the PDSA Gold Medal has been awarded 14 times since first awarded in November 2002. All recipients to date are dogs.

Date
of award
Citation Date
of incident
November 2002 Endal - an assistance dog who intuitively pulled his disabled owner into the recovery position after he was struck by a car, then covered him with a blanket and also retrieved his mobile phone and pushed it against his face. Not until his owner had regained consciousness did Endal leave his side to fetch help. May 2001
Metropol Delta Monty ("Monty") - a police dog, who overpowered a man wielding a knife despite being stabbed several times. Feb 2001
Bulla - a police dog who was killed in 1990 after being stabbed while apprehending a man brandishing a butcher's knife. May 1990
April 2006 Blue - a police dog, who despite being stabbed while hunting a violent suspect, followed the man to his hideout and assisted in his disarming and arrest March 2005
Zoltan - a police dog who was stabbed while attempting to disarm a man who had been threatening members of the public and the police with a knife April 2005
Orca - an assistance dog who fetched help when his wheelchair-using owner fell into a ditch and was pinned face-down next to the water, under her motorised chair. Although the first person he encountered believed he was lost and tried to lead him away, he broke free from his collar and eventually led his owner's neighbour to the scene of the accident May 2003
June 2006 Dylan and Cracker - Dylan is part of the Northern Ireland Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA), and Cracker (his brother) was the only dog in the UK trained to locate bodies in water.

The award covers multiple events in 1999: in March, Dylan saved the lives of four students trapped on a ledge 75 m (250 ft) above the ground in "exceptionally bad weather", staying with the group until their rescue. Also in November, the two dogs took part in rescue work following the ─░zmit earthquake in Turkey, locating both survivors and the bodies of victims.[1]

1999
July 2006 Bamse - mascot to the Royal Norwegian Navy minesweeper, Thorodd, in World War II, he knocked a knifeman into the sea, and later saved a crew member from drowning. (Awarded posthumously) Winter 1941 +
Autumn 1942
July 2007 14 police dogs were honoured (represented by awards to Vinnie, Billy and Jake) for "life saving work" during the 7 July 2005 London bombings. July 2005
December 2007 Ghillie - a pet dog who fetched assistance when his owner's mother collapsed when walking him. December 2007
February 2009 George - a Jack Russell Terrier who shielded a group of children from a pair of attacking pit bulls. He was killed by the pit bulls. (Awarded posthumously) [2] April 2007

The Dickin Medal, a separate award also administered by the PDSA, was established by Maria Dickin, founder of the PDSA, in 1943, to acknowledge acts of outstanding bravery by animals serving with military forces in theatres of war, and is considered the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

References

  1. ^ PDSA - PDSA Gold Medal .. for animal gallantry and devotion to duty
  2. ^ Brave Dog Died To Save Children Article on George the Jack Russell
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