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Brave Lucca Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:40

There are many people who believe dogs are dirty, smelly, useless animals that spread disease but perhaps such dog phobics/haters will think twice when they read about German Shepherd Lucca.  She was trained to sniff our weapons and roadside bombs to protect soldiers in foreign parts.  She served alongside British troops on three tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps, during which time there were no human casualties on her patrols.  But she paid a price for her bravery: in 2012, while working in Afghanistan, a bomb detonated beneath her, ripping off her front leg and causing severe burns to her chest, head and neck.  Now Lucca has been awarded the animal equivalent of the VC, the PDSA Dickin Medal, in recognition of her amazing service record.  The Medal was instituted in 1943 and Lucca is the 67th animal to receive it; the last was Diesel, the police dog who was killed in the Paris attacks last November.  Lucca is now retired and lives with her handler in California but the pair travelled to London for the award. 


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