CA­NINE COURAGE

First News - - FRONT PAGE - By Shelley Moulden

A MIL­I­TARY dog who was wounded sav­ing sol­diers’ lives in Afghanista­n is go­ing to be given a very spe­cial award for brav­ery.

Back in 2019, Kuno and his han­dler were tak­ing part in a dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion against al-Qaeda ter­ror­ists when they came un­der at­tack and were trapped. With­out hes­i­ta­tion, Kuno, wear­ing night-vi­sion gog­gles, ran through en­emy fire and tack­led the gun­man, sav­ing the lives of many Bri­tish troops. The hero hound was hit by bul­lets in both back legs dur­ing the mis­sion and needed life-sav­ing treat­ment. He lost one of his paws fol­low­ing the at­tack, but Kuno has now be­come the first UK mil­i­tary dog to get cus­tom-made pros­thet­ics. Although Kuno’s in­juries meant that he had to re­tire, the good news is that he can still run, jump and play!

For his brav­ery, the four-year-old

Bel­gian Mali­nois will re­ceive the an­i­mal equiv­a­lent of the Vic­to­ria

Cross, the Dickin Medal, from vet char­ity PDSA at a vir­tual cer­e­mony in Novem­ber.

“Kuno’s heroic ac­tions un­doubt­edly changed the course of the mis­sion and saved lives,” said PDSA di­rec­tor gen­eral Jan McLough­lin. “He took on the en­emy with­out fear or hes­i­ta­tion, never fal­ter­ing from his duty, de­spite be­ing se­ri­ously in­jured.”

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