This military dog who lost a leg in
Afghanistan has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. Lucca lost her front left leg and suffered severe burns to her chest in
2012 when she got caught up in a detonated improvised explosive device.
During her six years serving with the U.S- Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan the
twelve year old German Shepherd has successfully completed more than four
hundred missions Speaking with pride, her owner Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham expressed his gratitude to the canine whose prevented any human casualty on
all of her patrols ‘She’s incredibly intelligent, she’s very loyal and she has
one of the best personalities of any dog that I’ve ever had so as it’s been it’s
been wonderful to serve with her’ Now retired Lucca flew in from her home
in California to receive the Dickin Medal at a ceremony in London and honor
of animals work and bravery during conflict an awarded by the people’s
dispensary for sick animals since its introduction in 1943, it’s been awarded
to: 30 other dogs, 32 WW2 messenger pigeons, 3 horses and 1 cat.
Belonging to such an exclusive group Lucca will no doubt where her badge of
honor with pride