Hero dog gets bravery award

An dog from Essex which risked its life to protect its young owner is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords.

Bravery award for Geo the dog

by Serena Sandhu

A family dog who saved a boy from Clacton from serious injury is to get a bravery award.

Geo's owner Carly Riley said he pushed her 10-year-old son Charlie out of the way of a truck - but the German Shepherd suffered horrific injuries.

Thankfully this story does have a happy ending: Geo's now made a full recovery and is back at home.

Geo the hero dog

The Riley family and hero dog Geo Credit: ITV Anglia

An Essex dog which risked its life to protect its young owner is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords.

When German Shepherd-collie cross Geo was just seven months old, he suffered horrific injuries when he put himself in the path of a runaway lorry which was heading straight for 10-year-old Charlie Riley.

Charlie's mother Carly, of Clacton-on-Sea, was walking Geo, Charlie and her other two children home from school in November last year when the out-of-control lorry careered onto the pavement, heading straight for Charlie.

Despite vet bills totalling £8,000, the family never considered having Geo put to sleep.

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