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Midlands trained search dog awarded 'Victoria Cross' for animals

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

A military dog who broke records for his work in Afghanistan has been awarded the highest honour given to animals in action.

The PDSA Dickin Medal which is the equivalent of the Victoria Cross has been given posthoumously to Theo, a specialist search dog.

Theo died from a seizure shortly after his handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was shot dead by the Taliban in March last year.

Theo died from a seizure shortly after his handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was shot dead by the Taliban in March last year Credit: ITV Central

He was a specialist search dog and his handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker were responsible for finding weapons in Afghanistan.

They worked together, trained together and together they died.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and his specialist search dog worked as a team in Afghanistan.

Today Theo was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal Credit: ITV Central

The pair found 14 hidden bombs in just 5 months achieving a military record.

Last year, Liam was shot dead by the Taliban, just hours later Theo also died from a seizure.

Today Theo was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, another army dog received the honour on Theo's behalf. It is the highest honour given to animals in action.

"Liam was so proud of Theo and the work that he'd done over there. One couldn't have done the job without the other, they were a team and I think thats why its so special.

"I take some comfort knowing they are now together."

– Jane Duffy, Liam's mother

The pair trained together at RAF North Luffenham in Rutland shared a special bond so special they broke records, together they found 14 home-made bombs in just 5 months.

Their work prevented many soldiers and civilians being killed.

In March last year their bodies were flown back home together. Theo's ashes were given to the soldier's family.

The Dickin Medal is the highest honour given to animals. It was set up in 1943. GFX Theo is the 64th dog to be given the honour. It has now been awarded to 28 dogs, 32 world war 2 messenger pigeons, 3 horses and 1 cat.

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