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Last Updated: Sunday October 26 2008 16:47 GMT

Dog risks life to save kittens

Leo the dog and the four kittens

A dog in Australia risked his life to protect four kittens who were trapped in a house fire.

When the blaze broke out the family of four and their other dog managed to escape from their home in Melbourne.

But Leo stayed to guard the kittens as flames spread through the building, and fire fighters found him guarding the kittens in a cardboard box.

The animals were rushed to safety, and Leo had to have medical treatment, but they are all doing well now.