Animals

Military dog Hertz gets top award for devotion to duty

Hertz is the 74th recipient of the veterinary charity PDSA's Dickin medal.

A retired RAF Police dog named Hertz has been awarded the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal for his devotion to duty.

He received the highest award any animal can obtain for serving in military conflict, at a special ceremony at the Royal Air Force club in Mayfair, London.

Hertz, who served in Afghanistan in 2013, was responsible for finding more than 100 items of contraband – all of which posed a significant threat to the lives of service personnel and civilians.

His trainer and handler, RAF Police Warrant Officer Tanner said:"For a military working dog that I have trained and handled to be recognised in this way is fantastic. 

"At no point during the training process or our operational deployment did I expect or even suspect that Hertz would be acknowledged on the global stage by the PDSA."

A trailblazer in his field, the 10-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer is the first dog in British military history to detect electronic communications.

Deployed on Operation HERRICK, Hertz was trained to detect electronic communications equipment such as mobile phones, voice recorders, SIM cards and GPS devices.

The award makes him the 74th recipient of the charity's Dickin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – meaning Hertz joins a line-up of brave dogs, pigeons, horses and a cat.