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Army sniffer dog to get animal version of Victoria Cross

An Army sniffer dog who died of a seizure shortly after his handler was killed in Afghanistan will posthumously receive the highest Military Honour available to animals today.

Theo died shortly after Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was shot dead in March 2011.

Corporal Tasker's mother, Jane Duffy, will watch his canine colleagues accept the PDSA Dickin Medal - the animal equivalent to the Victoria Cross - on his behalf.

ITV News' Paul Davies reports.

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Liam and Theo had 'inseparable' working partnership

According to colleagues Lance Corporal Tasker and Theo were inseparable. Their working partnership was also hugely successful.

Theo located 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months.

The figure is the most any arms and explosives search dog in Afghanistan has found to date.

The cortege for Lance Corporal Liam Tasker as it passed through Wootton Bassett during his repatriation in 2011
The cortege for Lance Corporal Liam Tasker as it passed through Wootton Bassett during his repatriation in 2011 Credit: Press Association

Army sniffer dog to receive posthumous award

An army sniffer dog who died of a seizure soon after his handler was killed in Afghanistan receives a posthumous award today for his gallantry and devotion.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker with Theo training in Afghanistan in 2011
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker with Theo training in Afghanistan in 2011 Credit: MoD

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was shot dead in Afghanistan in March 2011. His dog, Theo, the bomb-hunting spaniel wasn't hurt. But he curled up and later died back at base.

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