Gerry Cunningham was attacked by four men when he was playing with his 18-month-old dog, Gizzy, in a London park. He was knocked unconscious with a blow to the head with a baseball bat, but when he awoke, he found his Staffordshire bull terrier licking his face having forced the men to flee.
Mr Cunningham said: “I was in the park throwing a stick around for Gizzy when four youths came in with machetes and bats. They had a Japanese Akita with them and a bull mastiff heaps bigger than my dog.
“One of them pushed me to the floor. I got up but he took a baseball bat and knocked me out.
“When I came to, my dog was sitting there licking my face trying to get me conscious. The dog had managed to fight them off and saved my life.”
More on the Gizzy’s rescue after the jump.
From Islington Gazette:
Cunningham was rushed to the hospital and was cleared except for a damaged shoulder. Gizzy walked away from the incident with a broken tooth and after being checked by a vet, he is in perfect health. Cunningham rescued Gizzy after the dog had three previous owners.
Mr Cunningham added: “Normally he’s not an aggressive dog but I owe him my life. He got spaghetti bolognese that night as a reward with potatoes and tomatoes and he finished the lot. I don’t even see him as a pet now, he’s much more than that. I will spend Â£50 on food for him - on heart, tongue, liver and everything.
Good job Gizzy!