Welwyn Garden City life-saving Staffie scoops second award

PUBLISHED: 11:02 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 02 February 2017

Romeo.

Romeo.

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A Welwyn Garden City Staffie has won his second award in just a few months for his charity work and donating blood to other poorly dogs.

Five-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross Romeo was awarded the prestigious Blue Cross medal in December and has just received the PDSA commendation (dog honours) award.

Romeo was given the award for his devotion and work as a therapy dog, working at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage on the stroke wards and working at Acacia Mews care home in Hatfield.

The pooch was also recognised for his work as a canine blood donor, saving 18+ dogs’ lives, raising money with charity runs and helping his owner Steph Hartley’s partner’s niece and nephew get over their fear of dogs.

The PDSA Commendation was instituted in 2001 to recognise acts of animal devotion or bravery.

Recipients include pets that have provided great help and companionship, supported their owners through difficult periods, raised the alarm in times of need, or simply made life better through their love and loyalty.

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