Bravery award for police dog who saved a woman's life

Max the German Shepherd works with his handler PC Janson Wong at Gloucester Police. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A police dog who helped track down four suspects and save a woman's life - all in the course of three days - has been awarded a special commendation for bravery.

Max the German Shepherd works with his handler PC Janson Wong at Gloucestershire Police.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) awarded Max a commendation for bravery and devotion.

It's after he and his handler were sent out to find a woman who suffered from seizures. In appalling weather conditions and a remote rural setting, Max managed to find the woman's scent and pulled his handler to the missing woman. She was barely conscious, fitting and suffering from hypothermia.

By finding her on time to get her safely to hospital, Max saved the woman's life.

Tracking that lady at that time of night, in those conditions and nearly two and a half hours after she had gone missing is really quite incredible

Dog Section Sergeant Geoff Blindell
L to R: PC Janson Wong with PD Max, PDSA’s Director General Jan McLoughlin, Chief Constable for Gloucestershire Suzette Davenport. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Janson said seven year old Max is the perfect partner and added: “He loves his job - it’s what he was born to do - and he is never happier than when he is out at work with his Dad.”