A young Clydebank lad has been praised and thanked after he jumped into the Forth and Clyde Canal to save a dog from drowning.

Basher is a fawn-coloured French bulldog who got himself in a bit of trouble after escaping from his owner and falling into the canal near Whitecrook on Wednesday.

But a young passer-by - known to Basher's owner, Jacqueline George, only as Joe - ran to the rescue and jumped into the frozen waters to save the pup.

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Jacqueline said: "I would just like to say a massive thank you, which is an understatment, to Joe who saved my dog Basher from drowning.

"He would have never gotten out of there as his wee legs are too short. And to think Joe put himself in danger and jumped in that canal to get him out, which saved his life.

"I was in floods of tears. He is an absolute hero."

Clydebank Post: Basher enjoying the snow with his ownerBasher enjoying the snow with his owner

One local resident saw what happened and helped Joe and his friend Cameron get into some warm clothes. 

He said: "All the hard work was done by Joe. I took Joe to mine and gave him a change of clothes and took him home as he was absolutely freezing."

Joe has since been invited for a socially-distanced cuddle with Basher this weekend.