Marine's Wounded Dog Receives Top Medal
A retired Marine Corps German shepherd named Lucca was awarded a top military medal after losing one of her legs while searching for homemade bombs in Afghanistan.
“More than four years after she was reduced to three paws, Lucca was awarded a top military medal for the 400 missions she completed during her service,” reports NBC News. “The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals — a British charity known as the PDSA — honored Lucca with its Dickin Medal during a ceremony at London’s Wellington Barracks on Tuesday.”
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According to PDSA, the award is “the highest award any animal in the world can achieve while serving in military conflict” and has only been issued 66 times since 1943.
The dog’s owner, Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham, who lives with Lucca in California, also attended the ceremony.
“Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog,” said the owner in a statement. “She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her.” Read more at Breitbart