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Military dog who lost his leg in Afghanistan awarded animals ‘Victoria Cross.”

A military dog has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, after losing a leg while sniffing out a roadside bomb. 


Lucca, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, taking part in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Her efforts to protect the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions led to her being given the Dickin Medal, awarded by the British animal charity, the PDSA.

Lucca with her PDSA Dickin Medal

It is the highest award for animals serving in military conflict and Lucca is the 67th animal to be honoured in this way.

Lucca, who is the first US Marine Corps dog to receive the medal, helped ensure there were no human casualties during any of the patrols she took part in.

The 12-year-old was retired in 2012, after she lost her leg and suffered chest burns while discovering a home-made bomb in Afghanistan.

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