26th October 2017
A statue of war dog Treo from Cheshire has been unveiled today.
Treo was an explosives search dog in Afghanistan in 2008. His job was to search for improvised explosive devices and weapons in Sangin.
After saving several soldiers lives by unearthing explosives Treo was awarded the Dickin Medal. The highest military honour an animal can receive. He was also known as “The World’s Bravest Dog”
He died in 2015 and a campaign was launched to fund a statue of Treo in the town centre.
The statue has been unveiled in a ceremony in the town centre. Several servicemen whose lives were saved by Treo were in attendance.
His handler Dave Heyhoe said that it’s important that service animals are recognized for their bravery:
“It represents what people have done in today’s wars. There is a memorial in the memorial park, a world war one statue. We’ve now put one in place for our service animals because that’s who we need to remember because there have been animals throughout these wars that have been helped people get through wars. Certainly in modern wars our animals are tasked with looking for improvised explosive devices