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Dog assists owner in saving woman’s life

Year 1818

Read by Faith Spencer – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Article from The New York Times

Among the persons who received the honorary medallion, at the dinner given on Wednesday last, by the Royal Humane Society, we noticed the name of Signor Castelli, the proprietor of Munito, “The Learned Dog.”

The circumstance for which he received this reward must still be fresh in the minds of our Readers. The following is the interesting account of the wonderful sagacity displayed by Munito on that occasion:-

On the morning of Thursday, October 2, about nine o’clock, as Signor Castelli, an Italian, not speaking English, the proprietor of Munito, “The Learned Dog “ , was walking with his dog in the Green Park, his attention was are rested by a child screaming, and pointing to the water; what the child said he could not understand, when at length he descried a woman’s leg floating ; he plunged in, and got hold of her, but such were the efforts made by the woman to effect her purpose. that he had nearly perished, when his faithful dog plunged in and gave him sufficient assistance to escape her grasp, and he succeeded in saving her: she turned out to be a young woman deranged, and the child, her cousin, had followed her in the hopes of getting her home.

Munito continues to be one of the principal fashionable amusements. The doors of the Exhibition Rooms are daily thronged with the carriages of the Nobility and Gentry who go to view his extraordinary performance.

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