Daily Mail — A British woman saved by a stray dog from an attack in Greece has spent thousands of pounds to bring the animal home to live with her.
Holidaymaker Georgia Bradley, 25 was on a remote beach in Crete when two men approached her and asked her to go for a drink.
When the student, whose boyfriend was in a nearby cafe at the time, rejected their advances, the men became aggressive.
But as one of them violently grabbed her arm, a small black dog ran over and started barking at them.
Miss Bradley said: ‘I decided to go for a walk along the beach, and found two Greek men who kept harassing me to go out for a drink. I kept telling them I didn’t want to.
‘Then one of them grabbed me on the arm and I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was on my own and it was a very scary and difficult situation.’
She said the dog – which she has named Pepper – ‘shot out of nowhere, jumped up at me and began barking and licking my hand, and that made the men think twice. She saved me. She must have noticed something was wrong. When I went back to the apartment she followed me and finally let us stroke her.
‘We had an instant bond … We went right round the town to see if she had an owner, but we couldn’t find one and we had to fly the next day.’
Miss Bradley, who studies at Plymouth University, took the dog to an animal shelter and a local vet but was turned away by both.
She and her boyfriend suspected the dog was abandoned as they saw it wandering around the town alone. ‘Several times she followed us around and we wondered what we could do.
Miss Bradley added: ‘When we left to go to the airport, we looked back and Pepper was running after the car. It was heartbreaking.
‘When I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about her so I took the soonest flight back out that I could, which was two weeks later.’
The student was amazed to find the stray on the same beach, in the small town of Georgioupoli.
‘It was a real risk because we may never have found her again,’ she added. ‘But when we saw Pepper on the beach, it was the best feeling ever.’
The dog was confirmed as a stray and Miss Bradley found a vet on the island to have Pepper microchipped, wormed with a rabies jab and given a pet passport.
A week after arriving back at Miss Bradley’s home in Calstock, Cornwall, Pepper gave birth to six puppies.