11 March 2010

Humane Society announces Dogs of Valor Award finalists

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced the top 10 finalists in its third annual Dogs of Valor Awards. The awards honor heroic dogs who have displayed phenomenal courage by helping a person in need.

This year’s top 10 finalists are:
  • Benson (Binghamton, N.Y.) – Barked and alerted his owners to a fire across the street, giving them time to run to their neighbor's and awaken the family before the house was consumed by flames.
  • Calamity Jane (Aledo, Texas) – Scared away intruders by ferociously barking and growling outside a home where a family and their guests had been held at gunpoint for nearly an hour.
  • Jackson (Rahway, N.J.) – Cried and ran through the house, alerting his owner to a 90-year-old neighbor who was trapped by a door that had fallen, knocking her to the ground.
  • Jobe (Omaha, Neb.) – Ran through the home and howled, awakening the family to alert them that their son, who has life threatening allergies, was in respiratory distress.
  • Kenai (Erie, Colo.) – Awakened owner to alert him to a carbon monoxide leak in the vacation home where he, six other adults, two children, and three dogs were sleeping.
  • Max (Little Neck, N.Y.) – Barked incessantly, leading his owner to investigate and discover his neighbor's 89-year-old mother collapsed in the garden on a sweltering 91 degree day.
  • Milky Way (Rushford, Minn.) – Scratched feverishly at a closed bedroom door and alerted a woman that her sister had suffered a stroke and collapsed in another room.
  • Porkchop (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) – Bayed and barked until he got a neighbor's attention, leading her to find his 71-year-old owner who was unconscious after collapsing and accidentally detaching the tube from the oxygen tank on which he depended to breathe.
  • Prozac (Sanford, N.C.) – Barked and alerted family when a 94-year-old woman began having difficulty breathing; Two months later, awakened his pet sitter and her granddaughter, alerting them to a fire in their attic.
  • RaeLee (Tampa, Fla.) – Barked and ran down the hall, leading his owner to her son who was purple and seizing with blood streaming from his nose and mouth.
A panel of celebrities including “Heroes” Kristin Bell, “Army Wives” Sally Pressman, and “From Baghdad With Love” author Jay Kopelman will determine the 2010 Dog of Valor. Visitors will chose the People’s Hero through online voting which runs until March 12 at 5 p.m. ET. The official winners will be announced March 14, 2010.

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