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Bomb-sniffing dog honored as wartime hero

When a dog sniffs out your slippers on Sunday morning, he might get a tender pat on the head, but when he uses his snout to track down explosives - maybe he should get an extra treat.

A nine-year-old black Labrador named Treo, who recently traveled to Afghanistan with the British Armed Forces, was presented with the Dickin Medal on Wednesday for his bravery while sniffing out bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the combat zone, the Rutland Times reports.

The Dickin Medal is reserved to honor the work of animals during war, and has been recognized as the animal equivalent of the Victorian Cross, the highest military decoration given to British soldiers.

Treo's trusty nose has been credited with saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and innocent civilians in Afghanistan.

Major Chris Ham, commanding officer at the Defense Animal Center, told the news source, "If he had not indicated that the IEDs were there, casualties would definitely have been sustained as a result. He is a life-saving dog."

Treo is the 63rd animal to receive the award, joining 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, three horses and a cat.
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