We’ve found hero dog!

Vinnie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier with David Jones (left) and his owner David Gibson
Vinnie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier with David Jones (left) and his owner David Gibson
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WE’VE found him! Meet the hero Wigan dog hailed a lifesaver after he found help when his walker collapsed.

David Jones was out with his friend’s dog, Vinnie, in Appley Bridge last month when he collapsed, and fell into a diabetic coma.

The Staffordshire bull terrier rushed to the nearest property and alerted local farmer Daniel Green.

Mr Green found Mr Jones lying on the pavement and immediately dialled 999.

Paramedics took the 50-year-old to Wigan Infirmary, and he has since made a full recovery.

But he says that may not have been the case had Vinnie not been quick to act.

He said: “If it wasn’t for him, I’d be a dead man now, for sure, I have a lot to thank him for – he’s a lifesaver.

“I was flat-lining and everything, so I was in a bad way.

“I often walk him to help out, and I was taking him down Chisnall Avenue when I collapsed.

“Vinnie was great though, and went straight to the nearest farm to find help. He showed the farmer where I was, and because of that, I have made a recovery.

“I have a lot to thank both Vinnie and Daniel for.

“I’m thinking of putting Vinnie up for a Pride of Britain award.”

Owner of the 14-year-old Staffie, David Gibson, of Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington, said he was “very proud” of his pet.

He added: “He was amazing the way he went to the nearest place.

“I’m certainly very proud of him and how he helped save David’s life.

“David’s girlfriend lives nearby, so he often walks Vinnie for us, and on this occasion it seems it could well have saved his life!

“Vinnie even had the good sense to go to the nearest place and not spend time running home.

“I’m going to buy him a big present as a reward, he’s earned it.”