Police Dogs To Be Honoured For London Terror Attack Heroics
Police dogs who rushed to the scene of three terrorist attacks two years ago are being honoured for their bravery.
Vet charity PDSA has announced it will be giving the awards to seven dogs from the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police for their heroics at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Borough Market, in 2017.
Equivalent to an OBE for humans, the PDSA Order of Merit will be given to the group of dogs to represent the work carried out by the 19 police dogs who served.
Met Police Dogs Kai (trained in explosive detection), Delta (firearms support) and Dave (explosive detection) will receive PDSA Medals, alongside BTP Dogs Bruno (explosive search) Marci (firearms support), Jax (general purpose) and Bobby (explosive search).
The band of brave pooches - and their handlers - met with PDSA vet Rosamund Ford at Borough Market to announce the news.
Ms Ford said: "The actions of these incredible dogs - and their handlers - were vital in keeping the public safe and allowing the emergency services to carry out their work. They performed their duties in a highly-charged and unfamiliar environment that no amount of training can fully prepare them for. PDSA is honoured to recognise their devotion to duty and service to society."
In March 2017, five people were killed and another 29 injured on Westminster Bridge, while just three months later a white van ran down pedestrians at two of the city's most iconic sites, London Bridge and Borough Market, killing eight and injuring 48 innocent people.
The dogs named above were some of those who rushed to the scenes of these devastating attacks and spent hours searching the surrounding building, scouring the area for evidence or signs of explosives.
Chief Inspector Graham Horwood from the Met's Taskforce said: "In 2017 we were sadly met with some unimaginable events and our thoughts and condolences remain with those affected.
"Our police dogs and their handlers were required to work in the most challenging environments and we are delighted to hear that their extraordinary work has been recognised.
"It is an honour for them to receive such a prestigious award and they will continue to work day and night to keep London safe."
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