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Award for dog who tackled burglar

A LABRADOR who was seriously injured whilst protecting his family from a knife-wielding intruder has been honoured for his bravery.

Toby, a black 8-month-old Labrador, was stabbed four times in the chest and legs but still managed to chase the burglar off before waking up his owners by barking loudly.

The Morton family from Barnoldswick in Lancashire had been staying at Leconfield Barracks in East Yorkshire where the incident happened. They awoke to find Toby in a pool of blood fighting for his life with a punctured lung, but luckily the hardened Lab survived his ordeal.

Toby has been awarded with the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery for protecting his sleeping family from harm during the attack which happened in June 2007.

Chris Heaps, PDSA senior deputy chairman who presented the award, said: ‘Had it not been for Toby's determined barking and lunging at the intruder, Mr Morton would not have been aware of the threat to his family.

‘Toby is indeed a worthy recipient of the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery.’
Jonathan Morton and his wife Samantha have also praised their pet's actions. Mr Morton said: ‘Toby is our hero. I dread to think what could have happened if he had not intervened that night.’

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