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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Attack survivor is best guide dog
Gary Wickett with Roz
Roz guided Gary Wickett home safely
A guide dog from Birmingham which survived a savage attack by another dog has been named Guide Dog of the Year.

Roz, from Great Barr, beat two other award-winning dogs to become overall champion following a public vote on the Guide Dogs' website.

Roz managed to safely guide her owner Gary Wickett home despite the "horrendous injuries".

Roz beat Darcy of Yeovil who won Life-Changing Guide Dog and Barley of Surrey, the Exceptional Work Guide Dog.

A police inquiry was unable to find the owner of the dog which attacked Roz.

The Guide Dog of the Year Awards 2007 received more than 300 nominations from all over the UK.

'Heroic dog'

The Guide Dogs' charity said Roz "miraculously survived" the attack by a Rottweiler in which she suffered four severe bite wounds and 13 smaller wounds.

Mr Wickett, 38, said: "Being totally blind, I felt completely powerless and could do nothing more than to hold tightly on to Roz's lead."

It was thought she would have to retire, but after surgery and many weeks of recuperation, Roz is back guiding her owner to his workplace in Birmingham.

The three-year-old Golden Retriever Labrador cross was named Heroic Guide Dog of the Year before picking up the overall prize.

The search for the nation's Guide Dog of the Year was launched by BBC One's Breakfast news programme. The public chose from three winners for the top prize.




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