A dog has been branded a hero by her owner after biting the leg of a thug during a terrifying knifepoint attack.
Proud mum-of-one Amy Edmondson said her dog Star, who “normally wouldn’t hurt a fly”, leapt to her defence during the ordeal and saved her life.
The 30-year-old, from Southend in Essex, was coming back from a dog walk at 11.30pm one Monday when a man and woman approached her for directions.
When Amy turned to point them in the right direction, the man wrestled her to the ground and held a knife to her throat.
When she let go of Star’s lead, the Staffordshire bull terrier cross Jack Russell cross Pitbull launched at her attacker and bit his leg.
She said she was able to get the man off her by promising that if he let her go, she would call Star off.
The pair of thugs ran off, leaving the shaken mum to hurry back inside her flat.
She said: “Star 100 per cent saved my life. I just kept thinking, ‘I’m going to die, there’s no way to get this bloke off me.’
“It was actually really out of character for her. She’s the most loving little dog usually, she would lick anyone to death.
“I was gobsmacked that she did what she did – but so grateful to her. She got an extra big dinner and lots of extra cuddles that night.”
She added: “We were just coming back from a dog walk, when a man and a woman approached and they were asking me where Southchurch was. I turned around and pointed in the right direction, and the man just jumped on my back, pushing me to the ground and held a knife to my throat.
“They kept saying ‘give me your money, where’s your money, we need your money’.
“I was on the floor for what felt like forever. But then I let go of my dog’s lead and she just jumped on him and started biting his leg.
“She wouldn’t let go. The woman ran off at that point, and the bloke was saying, ‘Get this f***ing dog off me’.
“I told him he needed to get off of me so I could get my dog off of him. After that he obviously panicked and ran away too.”
Amy admitted she feared for the worst during the attack.
She added: “All I was thinking was that my son was going to grow up without a mum and my dog was going to be without me.
“Star is my little lifesaver. Without her I wouldn’t be here. She’s the most loving dog you will meet. I have never seen her like that but it just shows she was protecting me.”