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Hero Dog From Rahway, NJ Finalist For National Award

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By Suzanne Russell for

RAHWAY — Jackson, a chocolate brown Doberman pinscher, owned by Jeffrey Pattie is among 10 finalists in the Humane Society of the United States Dogs of Valor Award.

The award celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring dogs who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need.

On Easter Sunday last year Jackson, who was 8 months old, alerted Pattie to a 90-year-old neighbor who had fallen and injured herself while cleaning her West Grand Avenue back yard. The dog ripped the screen out of a back window, cried and kept running to the back door crying.

When Pattie let him out, the dog ran to the back fence. Pattie heard a faint “”Help me” coming from about 20 feet away from the back of his yard. He then saw his neighbor Gloria Szkambara, 90, lying on the ground. A screen door had fallen on her.

Pattie climbed over the fence to help her while another neighbor called 911.

Jackson sat at the fence and watched emergency personnel treat the neighbor. The dog didn’t eat until the crisis was over.

EMT’s told Pattie that the dog save the woman’s life.

Jackson is the only finalist from New Jersey.

The winner and two runner ups will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges including Kristen Bell, Sally Pressman and Jay Kopelman.

Voting closes 5 p.m. Friday, March 12.

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11 years ago

What a hero! (& a handsome dog besides!)

Joyce C
Joyce C
11 years ago

Gotta love them dobies! They're not only a proud and beautiful breed, but they're intelligence is off the charts. This story makes me really miss my deceased dobie. Jackson is awesome, and definitely gets my vote!!!! 🙂


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