The Humane Society honors Buffy, a German shepherd, who intervened as a thief attacked his owner

By People Staff
November 19, 2008 09:46 PM

The Humane Society of the United States honored a heroic German shepherd named Buffy who died after he intervened as a thief attacked his owner, Will Bartley. The 7-year-old dog posthumously received the highest honor in the companion dog category of the Dogs of Valor Awards.

According to information released by the Humane Society, Buffy’s heroic tale took place in January of 2007, in Oakland, Calif, when she greeted her owner in the driveway of their home. A man pointed a gun at Bartley’s chest and demanded money. Sensing something was amiss, the dog lunged at the gunman, who fired twice and hit Buffy once in the leg. Even with a gunshot wound Buffy was able to pursue the gunman who eventually escaped. Bartley was unharmed.

The gunshot wound aggravated an underlying issue in Buffy’s kidney and the family made the decision to euthanize the faithful dog a month after the incident. A private awards ceremony with the family was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The Dogs of Valor Awards was judged this year by celebrity dog trainer Tamar Geller, tennis champ Martina Navratilova, Candy Spelling and Silvio Horta.

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