An Army explosives sniffer dog who died hours after his handler was killed in Afghanistan is to be given a posthumous award according to SkyNews.
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, 26, from The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was shot by insurgents on March 1 last year while on patrol in Helmand Province with his dog Theo, who died of a seizure shortly afterwards. They detected a record number of Taliban roadside bombs and weapons caches in the five months of their service there and no doubt saved countless lives. Their role was to provide search and clearance support, uncovering hidden weapons, improvised explosive devices and bomb-making equipment.
Springer spaniel Theo is to be awarded the PDSA “Dickin Medal”, known as the animals’ Victoria Cross, for his “heroic actions”. Instituted by the veterinary charity’s founder, Maria Dickin, in 1943, the award is the highest accolade an animal can receive in recognition of devotion to duty in saving human life while serving in military conflict. On one occasion, he discovered an underground tunnel leading to a room in which insurgents were suspected of making bombs and hiding from coalition forces.