The little staffy tried to rescue unconscious Alexander Kenney, before running inside to alert his family.
A heroic little dog from New South Wales, Australia, saved his young owner from drowning when he was found floating in a family friend’s dam (rural pond).
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Leala, dived in to save Alexander Kenney from drowning, but was unable to drag him out of the water.
Now sopping wet, she ran into the house to alert Alexander Kenney’s dad, David.
The Coffs Coast Advocate reported that the distressed dog drew the family’s attention to the little boy’s plight.
David Kenny told the paper: “It was what I was wishing not to see, it was a mixture of disbelief, horror and sadness, it was indescribable really, but then everything was a blur,”
For 27 minutes they tried to save the little boy’s life, while they waited for paramedics, performing CPR on him.
Alexander’s mum, Lisa Brockbank, was returning to the house – she had been out – when the ambulance whizzed past. She said:
“I didn’t think it was my kid, I didn’t think it had anything to do with us and then I came to (see) a helicopter in the sky and the whole place just alive with police and ambulances and my son just lying there completely comatose,”
“It was what I was wishing not to see, it was a mixture of disbelief, horror and sadness, it was indescribable really, but then everything was a blur”
The little boy was then treated in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital.
“The doctors said ‘be prepared, you may not be taking this boy home and if you do take him home he’ll probably have some sort of brain damage’,” Lisa said.
“From a parent’s point of view, it doesn’t get much worse.”
However, the little boy made a shock recovery after 48 hours, and the doctors said that it was due to the quick actions of the family enacting CPR – thanks to the dog who alerted them in time.