POLICE dogs have been honoured for their heroic role during London’s terror attacks with an award dubbed an ‘animal OBE’.
The Order of Merit is being given to seven dogs, chosen to represent the 19 who served at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Borough Market in 2017, said the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.
‘The actions of these incredible dogs — and their handlers — was vital in keeping the public safe,’ said PDSA vet Rosamund Ford. ‘They performed their duties in a highly-charged and unfamiliar environment that no amount of training can fully prepare them for.’ Among the canine recipients is explosive detection dog Kai, who was on duty at Westminster Bridge and Borough Market with former handler Pc Jean Pearce.
Joining her in the medals line-up are fellow Met Police dogs Bruno, Delta and Dave and British Transport Police dogs Bruno, Marci, Jax and Bobby. Ms Pearce said Kai, then just 18 months old and ‘still a puppy’, searched the car that had crashed into railings outside Parliament at Westminster.
‘I had to trust her and we searched around the car over the poor person who was under the car,’ she said. ‘She ignored it all and did a fantastic job.’
The officer, now retired, said: ‘For the dogs to get these awards is brilliant.’
But she also warned: ‘I know there’s cutbacks and cutbacks but, in this day and age, you cannot be without explosives dogs or any of the other dogs.’