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German Shepherd receives bravery award from IFAW

Wednesday, 19th October 2011

A police dog that needed pet medication after being injured during the London riots has been given a special bravery award by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords.

Obi, a three-year-old German Shepherd Metropolitan Police dog, suffered a fractured skull while working with handler PC Phil Wells in Tottenham in August. He received the award yesterday (October 18th).

The duo came under heavy bombardment from bricks, furniture, petrol bombs and bottles. Despite being injured, Obi continued to work for several hours but it became clear that he was badly injured when blood began trickling from his nostril.

Robbie Marsland, UK director of IFAW, said: "We are delighted to be able to highlight the amazing service given by police dogs such as Obi. We were relieved to hear he has made a good recovery and he is a truly rewarding winner of our special Animal Bravery Award."

Obi has lived with PC Wells and his family since he was a puppy and when he retires from service, he will continue living with his handler, wife Laura and their two children.