- Bradley North noticed the distressed mutt on his walk home from school
- French mastiff had leapt out of the hot van and was left dangling from lead
- The student from Prestwich, Greater Manchester, rushed to the dog’s aid
- He managed to undo the collar, saving the unconscious animal from death
A heroic schoolboy saved the life of a desperate pooch after he leapt through a window to escape a hot van and was left hanging by his lead.
Bradley North, 13, from Prestwich, Greater Manchester, was walking home from nearby Parrenthorn High School at around 4pm on Monday when he noticed the French mastiff in distress in a white van as temperatures soared in the sunshine.
The cooped-up mutt was so relieved to see Bradley and his school friends that he jumped through the vehicle’s window before his lead got caught and began to hang him, leaving him on the brink of death.
Bradley rushed to the stricken dog’s aid after it passed out and managed to unbuckle his collar before slowly bringing the canine back to consciousness.
The schoolboy then waited for 15 minutes for the dog’s owner to return to the vehicle before reuniting the pair.
Bradley said: ‘When I first saw the dog, I thought that the window was partially down but there was glass on the floor and he had his front paws out towards us.
‘Me and my friends waited for five minutes for the owner to come back to the van but the dog ran up and jumped through the window and started to hang himself.
‘I lifted him up slightly so he would stop hanging himself then I managed to unpick the buckle on the lead and managed to save him.
‘I waited for 15 minutes for the owner to come back and she thanked me for saving him then I helped her sweep up the glass.’
Dog lover Bradley, who owns a Staffordshire bull terrier named Keyser, insists that his act of bravery was the least that he would expect from others if his own dog was in peril.
Bradley added: ‘I felt really sorry for the dog when I saw them and I just thought about my own dog and that I would want someone to save him if he was in the same position.
Heroic schoolboy Bradley attempting to untangle the lead that meant the French mastiff was left hanging from the van’s window
The 13-year-old said he would expect others to act similarly if his own dog Keyser was ever in the same situation
‘I have had loads of really nice messages saying how brave I was since the photos were posted online and my friends have been praising me for what I managed to do.
‘I never expected it to go so far online – my friend just tagged me in a post and it has gone crazy from there.’
And dad Kevin North, 38, was beaming with pride after learning of Bradley’s actions.
Kitchen manufacturer Kevin said: ‘I just came home from work and saw Bradley and he told me ‘I saved a dog’s life today’.
Bradley and his proud dad Kevin, left, who said his teenage son has been ‘very coy’ about his bold act of bravery
The student from Prestwich, Greater Manchester, waited for 15 minutes with the petrified hound before the owner returned to the vehicle and thanked him
‘I have never heard anything like it and I just shook Bradley’s hand and gave him a big hug to tell him that he should be proud of what he has done.
‘He’s been very coy about it but it is Bradley over, he’s a really good, caring lad and he is a dedicated scout so it is very much in his nature.
‘He is just a bit taken by the responses that he had to it.’
Dramatic photos of the rescue have since been shared almost 3,000 times online with dog lovers paying tribute to the selfless pupil.
One user said: ‘Thank you for saving the dog, brave act, and good things happen to good people.’
Another user commented: ‘You should be very proud of yourself young man, true animal lover.’
One viewer added: ‘Well done lad. Not many adults would have done what you did and you can always remember you saved a life today.’