A 12-year-old female German Shepherd Dog named Lucca—who took part in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and who lost a leg in action—has been given the highest award for an animal by the The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in the U.K. The PDSA Dickin Medal, named for the organization’s founder, was created in 1943 to honor the service of animals in war zones:
Jan McLoughlin, the director general of the PDSA, said: “Lucca’s conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty makes her a hugely deserving recipient of the PDSA Dickin medal. Her ability and determination to seek out arms and explosives preserved human life amid some of the world’s fiercest military conflicts.”
Lucca’s owner, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, brought the hero dog to London for the award ceremony. Congratulations to both Lucca and Gunnery Sergeant Willingham!