Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds ice fall woman's pets bring help

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Media captionThe dogs raised the alarm when their owner was knocked unconscious falling on ice

A woman who was knocked unconscious when she slipped on ice near her home was saved when her 18 month old pet dogs alerted nearby workers.

Johanna Kaye, of Sandhill Oval, Alwoodley, Leeds, was taking her Lhasa Apso dogs Lady and Milly for a walk when the accident happened.

Mrs Kaye, 50, said she could have been unconscious for some time if the dogs had not alerted gas service workers.

The gas team carried Mrs Kaye to her nearby home where she recovered.

Mrs Kaye said her accident happened during the recent severe weather which saw snow falling on ice.

"There had been a fall of snow followed by another snow flurry which had frozen again," she said.

"I was walking down the road and had taken six or seven paces when I slipped and banged my head on a wall."

Mrs Kaye said she was unconscious and unaware her two Lhasa Apso puppies had run down the street.

Gas engineer Matthew Giles said he and a colleague were working on gas pipes when the dogs approached.

"We were working down a hole when we heard the dogs barking," he said.

"I looked up and saw both dogs still had their leads on, but barking continuously.

"We followed the dogs and saw Johanna on the ground, the dogs were barking and it was like a scene out of Lassie."

Mrs Kaye added: "The Lhasa Apso is a very loyal breed, but what the dogs did really was above and beyond, it was fantastic."

Matthew Giles said both dogs were "proper heroes".