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HIGHEST AWARD FOR LIFE SAVING DOG

During the fourth International Conference of Police and Military Dog Handlers being held in Móstoles, Madrid on Tuesday, Ajax the dog will be awarded the highest bravery award possible for his work in saving lives, as the UK PDSA award him the …

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Ajax with his own piece of history

During the fourth International Conference of Police and Military Dog Handlers being held in Móstoles, Madrid on Tuesday, Ajax the dog will be awarded the highest bravery award possible for his work in saving lives, as the UK PDSA award him the canine equivalent to the George Cross.

The Gold Medal of the PDSA is considered the highest honour that can be delivered to an animal for an act of outstanding courage or exceptional dedication to duty and social commitment. Said to be the equivalent of the George Cross, because that is the highest honour that can be given in the Commonwealth to a civilian for acts of bravery.

Ajax is the first Spanish dog in history to receive the award and only the second out of the UK, which has only been given to 21 dogs in total.

On the 29th of July, 2009, Ajax, accompanied by his Sergeant Juan Carlos Alabarces, arrived on the island of Mallorca as part of a Royal detail to search the island before the arrival the King of Spain.

The next day, in the town of Palmanova at Palma de Mallorca, a car bomb exploded under a Guardia Civil vehicle, two young officers Diego Salvá Lezaun and Carlos Sáenz de Tejada García, at the hands of terrorist group ETA.

Ajax went to the scene and successfully located another bomb under another patrol car. As a result of this find, the area was cleared and a controlled explosion was carried out, which dispersed shrapnel over a 100 metre radius. Later investigations resulted in the findings that the bomb had a motion sensor and would have caused a considerable amount of damage and certain death to anybody in the area.

There is no doubt that the actions of this dog, and his handler, saved the lives of countless people, and so, on the morning of Tuesday the 11th of June, his bravery will be recognised for the entire world to see.

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