Police dogs awarded 'animal OBE' for response to London terror attacks

Police dogs to receive awards for response to London terror attacks

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Police dogs have been awarded what is described as an "animal OBE" for their response to the London terror attacks in 2017.

Former PC Jean Pearce was one of a number of past and present officers to attend the announcement at Borough Market, along with seven dogs who are set to receive the PDSA Order of Merit later this year.

Ms Pearce was returning for the first time to the market since she responded to the attack there on June 3 2017, and also saw her dog Kai, who is to receive the award, for the first time since her retirement.

"It's something I tend to avoid," she said. "I don't tend to come into London any more, but I'm with people that I feel safe with today and I think it's a necessity to come back and prove to people we are here.

"I'm proud to be here today, especially with Kai."

Police dog Kai with former PC Jean Pearce. 

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) award is known as an "animals OBE" and the seven dogs receiving the award were chosen to represent the 19 police dogs that served during the London attacks.

PDSA vet Rosamund Ford said the dogs receive the awards for "keeping the public safe" and performing duties in "a highly charged and unfamiliar environment that no amount of training can fully prepare them for".

Another dog to be recognised, Delta, searched more than 30 buildings after the London Bridge attack, and his handler, PC Mark Snoxhall, was also returning to Borough Market for the first time since the incident.

"To come back is quite strange under different circumstances," he said. "All our thoughts are with the victims that night, but it's a proud moment.

"(Police dogs) search areas which we couldn't... we send them into those areas and it potentially is saving police officers' lives, the work that they do."

 

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