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.”