Posthumous award to be given to dog who died in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 11th September 2012

A Military Working Dog named Theo will be honoured with the PDSA Dickin Medal after he was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

The award is the animals' version of the Victoria Cross and is the highest award an animal can achieve in recognition of their service.

Theo was deployed to Afghanistan with his handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and they were tasked with uncovering hidden weapons, explosive devices and bomb-making equipment.

On March 11th, 2011, Theo and Lance Corporal Tasker were on a mission when fire-fighting broke out, killing the solider.

Theo was taken back to Bastion, where he started suffering from seizures and despite getting immediate veterinary attention, he died.

PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said: "Theo's exceptional devotion to duty as a Military Working Dog in Afghanistan saved countless human lives. The award of this medal, recognised worldwide as the Animals' Victoria Cross, honours his service in life and his sacrifice in death.

"It serves as a very poignant reminder of the loyal companionship and dedication of man's best friend."

The award presentation will take place next month.