Hero dog

RESCUERS IN Australia’s southern city of Melbourne hailed a dog as a hero on Sunday after it risked its life to save a litter of newborn kittens from a house fire.

The terrier cross named Leo had to be revived with oxygen and heart massage after his ordeal, when a fire broke out overnight at the house where he was guarding the kittens.

Fire fighters said that Leo refused to leave the building and was found alongside the litter of kittens, despite thick smoke.

“Leo wouldn’t leave the kittens and it nearly cost him his life,” fire service Commander Ken Brown told reporters. The kittens have all survived.