DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION: 18/06/2008 South East London.
On Wednesday 18 June 2008, Patricia Adshead was at home in southeast London with her daughter and former husband, Frank. At around 11pm, three masked intruders burst through the front door: two were wielding machetes, the other a dagger.
They immediately confronted Patricia, who was alone in the front room. Alerted by her screams, Frank rushed downstairs where one of the gang lashed out with a machete, slicing through his hand.
Realising their burglary was not going according to plan, two of the intruders ran out leaving the third in the front room with Patricia, who was now joined by the family dog, Oi. Realising the door was jammed and he was trapped, the assailant raised his machete as if to strike Patricia.
At this point Oi jumped up to protect her owner, biting the man’s hand. In retaliation the intruder brought the machete down twice onto Oi’s head. As he made his getaway, Oi gave chase, making sure he no longer posed a danger to the family.
Oi was rushed to Thamesmead PDSA Pet Hospital, The Freda Powell Centre, where she required emergency surgery. Despite her serious condition Oi showed no aggression towards PDSA veterinary staff. They noted that this brave dog remained bright and alert throughout her ordeal.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For lifesaving bravery and courageous devotion to her family in the face of armed assailants on the 18 June 2008.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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