Dog and owner hailed as heroes after saving woman's life in Prestatyn


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

AN heroic dog and her owner have been praised for helping to save an elderly woman’s life.

Don Whalley, aged 82, was out walking his dog Lily, a collie-cross-saluki, on the Morfa fields in Prestatyn when she started barking near the Morfa cut.

After leading her owner down a path, away from their usual route, the pair spotted a woman who was crying “weakly”.

Mr Whalley said: “The dog found her first and I think she sensed the woman needed help because she kept running around her barking.

“It was hailing and the lady was sat there. Her face was covered in blood, her hands were bleeding, her nose was purple and her hair was soaking - she was shaking.

“It was the first time I had gone down that path which is amazing because if I had gone the usual way I would never have seen her.”

The 76 year-old-woman, who has asked not to be named, told Mr Whalley that she was diabetic. “She said all she wanted was a biscuit and a cup of tea,” Mr Whalley added.

“She put her arm around my shoulders and we stood up. She was very weak and was stumbling along.

“I took her to a neighbour’s house in St James’ Drive and she called an ambulance.

“One of the paramedics said that she was very lucky because if she had been left for another hour it would have been too late to save her.”

Carol Sharratt, the woman’s daughter, praised the action of Mr Whalley and his neighbours.

She said: “The fact they all rallied around to help my mum in her time of need is amazing and I can’t thank them enough.

“My mum is recovering in hospital. She doesn’t remember going out but does remember being in the bracken.

“I can’t believe how Mr Whalley did it really. I do understand that it could have been a different story.”

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