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Liam Neeson to the rescue - how the Irish actor is a real-life hero

Aishling Phelan

Published 21/03/2014 | 10:49

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WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor Liam Neeson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Non-Stop' at Regency Village Theatre on February 24, 2014 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actor Liam Neeson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Non-Stop' at Regency Village Theatre on February 24, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14:  Actor Liam Neeson attends the 2014 Ireland Day New York Summit at New York Stock Exchange on March 14, 2014 in New York City. Mr. Neeson accepted an award on behalf of Irish Arts Center for Outstanding Contribution to Brand Ireland.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Actor Liam Neeson attends the 2014 Ireland Day New York Summit at New York Stock Exchange on March 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Julianna Margulies and Liam Neeson -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

It turns out that action movie star Liam Neeson is even a hero in real life.

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The Hollywood actor was jogging through Manhattan’s Central Park when he saved a stray dog that was being stoned by cruel attackers.

A woman called for help when she saw the teenage boys throwing rocks at the terrified pooch.

The 61-year-old star ‘confronted three gangbanger wannabe types who were throwing rocks at a stray they’d cornered up against a trash bin,’ a source told ShowbizSpy.com.

‘Liam yelled that they’d better stop or he’d knock the c*** out of them – but the punks just swaggered up and warned him to mind his own business.’’

The boys backed away from the distressed dog as a policeman approached the area.

The actor comforted the animal while he and the woman waited for assistance.

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Liam Neeson during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon this month

‘‘Liam just shook his head and approached the shivering dog, stroking it while the policeman assessed its injuries,’’ the source said.

The officer then ‘thanked the star and told him, “I’ll take it from here, sir!” the insider revealed.

Neeson has been vocal recently in his support of New York’s horse-drawn carriage industry, which Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to shut down.

He invited all 51 council members to stables earlier this month to show them that the horses are well cared for.

The mayor did not turn up to visit the area where the horses reside when not being used for carriages.

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‘‘The mayor wants to replace them with electric cars. That's exactly what New York needs, more cars. This experiment has been tried with electric cars in San Francisco -failed abysmally,’’ he said on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

‘‘It's a connection with our past, it's a connection with our history. And it has to be said - the great white elephant in the room, four prime locations on the West Side of New York that realtors must be salivating to get their hands on,’’ he added.

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