Heroic dog received Animals’ George Cross – Highest gallantry award for animals


Diesel is a Staffordshire bull terrier, who was abandoned as a puppy. He was then rescued by a family from Dartmouth. Diesel has received the Animals’ George Cross award for showing his utmost bravery while saving his owner’s family from a house fire. Animals’ George Cross award is considered as the highest animal award for gallantry given by the leading vet charity PDSA.

On May 28, last year, 25-year-old Jordan Ash was woken by his dog Diesel who had been sleeping at the foot of his bed. Diesel was barking, scratching and pulling at the duvet to wake his owner. Diesel is usually very calm and relaxed, and rarely barks. Seeing Diesel’s behavior, which was so out of his normal character, Jordan immediately knew something was seriously wrong.

Despite having no formal training, Diesel’s actions showed incredible devotion to his family. His story is remarkable and truly demonstrates the unique contribution that animals make to our lives, said PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin.


When Jordan opened his bedroom door, he found a wall of flames only six feet away. He then raced to wake up his parents. They all escaped through a small bedroom window over the kitchen roof.

Luckily, apart from a few bumps and bruises, probably from squeezing out of a tiny window, no-one was seriously hurt. We all needed treatment for smoke inhalation but there was no lasting damage, thanks to Diesel, said Jordan.

Life-saving Staffie awarded “animals’ George Cross”

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