Midlands trained sniffer dog to get 'Victoria Cross' for animals

Theo in action with Lance Corporal Liam Tasker before they both died in Afghanistan
Theo in action with Lance Corporal Liam Tasker before they both died in Afghanistan Photo: PA

A Midlands trained explosives sniffer dog who died after his army handler was killed in Afghanistan is to be given a posthumous award for its heroic actions.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, 26, from The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, was shot by insurgents on 1 March last year.

He was on patrol in Helmand Province with his dog Theo, who died of a seizure shortly afterwards.

They were both based and were trained at RAF North Luffenham in Rutland.

Springer spaniel Theo is to be awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, known as the animals' Victoria Cross.

Theo made the most confirmed operational finds by any arms and explosives search dog in Afghanistan to date.

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