A courageous canine hero, who won the animal VC for taking on the Taliban with his then Boston area handler, has died at his new home in Cheshire.
Black Labrador Treo, who saved dozens of lives, died aged 14 in the arms of Sgt Dave Heyhoe.
Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Sgt Heyhoe, formerly of New York, said: “I gave him the military send-off he deserved by burying him with a Union Jack and his medal.”
In Afghanistan, Treo supported troops by sniffing out improvised explosive devices.
In 2010, Treo and Sgt Heyhoe went to London’s Imperial War Museum to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal – recognised worldwide as the animal’s Victoria Cross – from the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra.
At the time, Sgt Heyhoe said: “Treo is a very special dog. I feel safe when he is by my side and I know he has saved my life many times over.”
I gave him the military send-off he deserved by burying him with a Union Jack and his medal.Sgt Dave Heyhoe
PDSA Vet Vicki Larkham-Jones, said this week: “We were very sad to hear that Treo, an exceptionally brave dog who had been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, passed away recently. During his career as an arms and explosives search dog with the Army, Treo was responsible for sniffing out explosive devices, saving the lives of many soldiers. Treo was recognised with our medal in 2010 and enjoyed a happy retirement as a family pet. Rest in peace, Treo, we salute you!”