Hero Military Dog Who Suffered Life-Changing Injuries Handed Bravery Award
Belgian Shepherd Malinois Kuno, four, suffered life-changing injuries while supporting British Forces fighting Al-Qaeda.
The heroic dog supported his handler during a 2019 operation in which he was deployed in a bid to support specialist UK forces during a raid - having to navigate mountainous, unforgiving and dangerous terrain.
The raid was halted after they were pinned down by enemy fire, meaning that they would sustain heavy casualties should they progress further.
However, Kuno changed the course of the attack by bravely charging through gunfire to tackle the gunman, breaking the deadlock and leaving the UK forces to complete the mission successfully.
Kuno's brave actions left him severely injured, having been shot in both back legs. He was given life-saving treatment by his handler and by medics in the back of a helicopter.
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The pup's injuries were so grave that Kuno had to have several operations before he was fit enough to return to the UK. He also lost one of his paws following the attack, as it had to be amputated to prevent infection.
However, Kuno has pulled through the assault, and is now happily living in retirement with custom-made prosthetic limbs.
He had previously aided on 16 operations during a five month period, with his role to be detecting explosives, find hidden weapons and incapacitate the enemy if needs be.
And now, the brave dog will be the 72nd recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal, joining a line-up of brave dogs, horses, pigeons and a cat.
Discussing the award, PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: "Kuno is a true hero. His actions that day undoubtedly changed the course of a vital mission, saving multiple lives in the process. And despite serious, life changing injuries, he performed his duty without faltering.
"For this bravery and devotion to duty, we are honoured to welcome him as the latest recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal."
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