Two RAF Police dogs have been awarded the animal version of OBEs.
Metro reports that English spaniel Alfie and Labrador AJ are being recognised for their ‘exemplary careers’, which involved helping to locate arms, ammunition and explosives. The military dogs served in Number 4 RAF Police (Typhoon) Squadron for six years, and have now received the PDSA Order of Merit for their contributions to society. The pair, who operated in dangerous environments for most of their careers, have now retired. Alfie and AJ were described as being the best in their field for the number of search hours, searches and operational finds.
Provost Marshal (RAF), Group Captain David Wilkinson said: ‘Alfie and AJ were truly outstanding members of the team, performing impeccably during their careers. ‘They regularly worked in challenging and dangerous situations but never faltering in their duty. They are a credit to the Royal Air Force. ‘To have their actions recognised in this way is truly fantastic and I am immensely proud of everything they both achieved.’ The award was introduced in 2014 and has seen 32 animals – including horses and dogs – recognised for their contribution to society or devotion to their owners.
‘It is with great pride that we award Alfie and AJ the PDSA Order of Merit today,’ Jan McLoughlin, director general of the UK veterinary charity PDSA, said. ‘They have both had exemplary careers, playing a pivotal role in the vital work of the RAF Squadron and providing outstanding service to society. ‘Through the PDSA Animal Awards programme we seek to raise the status of animals in society and honour the incredible contribution they make to our lives. ‘Alfie and AJ’s extraordinary work warrants the highest recognition, making them worthy recipients of the PDSA Order of Merit.’
(Story source: Metro)