Amy Edmondson was walking her “softie” Staffiecross Star when a man and woman asked for directions. When she turned to point the right way the male leapt on her back, grappling her to the pavement and holding a blade to her neck while demanding cash. Amy, 30, said she was petrified her nine-year-old son Riley would be left without a mum. She recalled: “I was on the floor for what felt like forever. They kept saying, ‘Give me your money, where’s your money, we need your money’.
“But then I let go of my dog’s lead – and she just jumped on him and started biting his leg.
“She wouldn’t let go. The woman ran off at that point, and the bloke was saying, ‘Get this effing dog off me’.
“I told him he needed to get off of me so I could get my dog off him.”
The mugger saw sense and released Amy – and she called Star off. The mum of one said: “After that he obviously panicked and ran away too.”
Shaken Amy fled back to safety at her nearby flat in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
She said: “Star 100 per cent saved my life. I just kept thinking, I’m going to die, there’s no way to get this bloke off me.
“It was actually really out of character for her – she’s the most loving little dog usually, she would lick anyone to death.
“I was gobsmacked that she did what she did – but so grateful to her.
“She got an extra big dinner and lots of extra cuddles that night.”
Star – who is also part Jack Russell and part pitbull – launched at the would-be robbers at 11.30pm on Monday.
Amy said: “All I was thinking was that my son was going to grow up without a mum and my dog was going to be without me.
“She is my little lifesaver.
“Without her I wouldn’t be here. She’s the most loving dog. I have never seen her like that but it just shows she was protecting me.”