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Two brave dogs from Melbourne have been recognised as tiny, fluffy heroes after they went in on their owner’s attacker during a routine walk in Melbourne’s western suburb of Williamstown in late June.

As per the ABC, terrier-cross Louie and shih-tzu RuPaul got the upper hand on an unknown man who had pushed their owner – identified only as Kate – to the ground and attempted to remove her pants in the suburb’s cemetery on June 29.

“I’d stopped to do something and wait for my dog to come back from chasing a rabbit and I got pushed from behind into the ground,” Kate told the ABC, and said that she hadn’t heard the man approaching her from behind.

The two dogs responded to Kate’s loud screams by attacking the attacker, which Kate believes is the reason why he eventually fled.

“They viciously attacked him — like growling, biting — and I think with my screaming and the struggling it made him stop,” Kate said.

It’s believed that the attacker, who is said to be of a larger build and wearing a black puffer jacket, ran off toward KC White Reserve on Park Crescent to the south-west of the cemetery and has not been located since. Kate contacted the police immediately after the attack, who set up a crime scene in the grounds.

Fierce loyalty is a common trait in smaller, toy-sized dogs, and considering breeds like shi-tzus and terriers are historically companion dogs, so they’ll go hell for leather on anyone that poses a threat on their human.

Police are urging anyone who was around the Williamstown cemetery on the evening of June 29 to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, and also made sure to praise the two wee four-legged fighters as little heroes.

I can only assume that the crime-fighting duo was given many, many treats and belly rubs, and have been allowed to sleep on the bed since.

Image: AAP / Alex Murray