Hero Dog Wins Animal’s Victoria Cross Medal
Hero hound Hertz has been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, a special award for bravery.
The honour is the animal version of the Victoria Cross, the highest award anyone serving in the British armed forces can get. The German Shorthaired Pointer dog has been awarded the honour for protecting British troops in Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Air Force Police.
The medal “acknowledges outstanding acts of bravery or devotion to duty displayed by animals serving with the Armed Forces or Civil Defence units in any theatre of war throughout the world,” according to the PDSA website.
Hertz was trained by the RAF to find electronic communications equipment such as mobile phones, voice recorders and GPS navigation devices. He was the first dog in British military history trained to look for these devices. Hertz was then sent to Afghanistan to be part of Operation Herrick in 2013.
The clever dog was responsible for finding more than 100 dangerous items, all of which could have been a threat to the lives of servicemen, women, and civilians there.