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  • The Boksburg SPCA honoured Johannesburg dog, Jessie, for her bravery and compassion.
  • Earlier this month, she saved a fellow dog friend from drowning in their family pool.
  • Jessie received a certificate and goodie basket for saving her furry brother from drowning.

The Boksburg SPCA on Tuesday honoured Jessie, a Johannesburg dog, for her bravery and compassion.

Earlier this month, CCTV footage captured Jessie rescuing her dog friend, a 13-year-old Toy Pom, named Chucky, from their family's pool.

Jessie spent more than half an hour trying to get Chucky to safety.

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On Tuesday, the Boksburg SPCA honoured Johannesburg dog Jessie for her bravery and compassion.

"It was amazing to be at the ceremony, and we were so super-proud and honoured. Jessie was very excited, curious and sniffed around. She could hear all the other dogs and just wanted to go play," Jessie's owner, Byron Thanarayen, told News24.

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At the ceremony, the heroic dog was given a certificate and a gift basket, filled with treats and toys.

Thanarayen and his wife, Melissa, have also been approached by Aqua-net, a company that sells and installs swimming pool nets and covers.

Aqua-net is donating a pool cover to the Thanarayen family.

"They wanted to make sure that this would not happen again. We are so, so grateful for this. Aqua-net said they would be installing it next week," he said. 

Last week, the Thanarayen family set up a website to raise funds for the Boksburg SPCA.

They are creating merchandise that features Jessie and Chucky – money made from this endeavour will also go to the SPCA.

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