A military dog injured in the line of fire, and now having been retired, is to receive a medal of honor after he attacked an al Qaida gunman.
Kuno will receive the PDSA Dickin Medal which is the highest honor bestowed on an animal for military valor. The three year old Belgian Shepherd and his handler had been sent on a mission last year where they found themselves coming under gun and grenade attack from an insurgent, however Kuno tackled the gunman to the ground, allowing the mission to end successfully.
Kuno was badly injured in the attack, with bullets hitting both his back legs, and had to have a part of one limb amputated before he was repatriated back to the UK. He has since become the first military working dog to have prosthetic limbs fitted.
Speaking in a statement, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that it was clear that Kuno saved the lives of personnel that day and that, without him, the outcome could of been completely different. Director General of the PDSA, Jan McLoughlin, echoed the sentiments of Mr Wallace, saying that “without fear or hesitation he took on the enemy and, despite being injured, never faltered from his duty”.
She finished off by saying that “Kuno is a deserving recipient of the award and we look forward to presenting him with it formally later in the year”.
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