Posthumous PDSA medal honour for military dog who 'fearlessly exposed enemy insurgents'

A French Navy Commando dog has posthumously received the highest honour available for animals for his life-saving actions while on duty.

French Navy Commando dog Leuk
French Navy Commando dog Leuk

Belgian Malinois Leuk, who died in a mission in 2019, was given the PDSA Dickin Medal by the Telford-based vet care charity for his unstinting bravery at a private ceremony which took place in Brittany, France.

A monument commemorating all dogs who have died serving with the French Navy was also unveiled.

Leuk served with the famed French Navy Special Forces ‘Commando Kieffer’ unit, where his extraordinary abilities had gained him the nickname of ‘Leuk la Chance’ (Lucky Leuk).

He is the first French Military Working Dog to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal in its 78-year history.

PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin, who presented the medal virtually, said: “Leuk’s actions undoubtedly saved the lives of his unit on multiple occasions.

"He pushed through flames and bullets to succeed, fearlessly exposing enemy insurgents.”

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