In a recent post about a brave and wounded Marine dog, one Lucca, I asked why it was that a British animal charity was giving Lucca a medal and not the USMC or the American Department of Defense. I’ve since learned that soon an American outfit will begin officially commemorating the bravery of working dogs in all of America’s military services.
Danique Masingill, a program manager with the American Humane Association in Washington, says the venerable animal welfare agency will begin awarding three medals for bravery annually to military dogs. The award is called the “Lois Pope Canine Medal of Courage,” named after one of the Humane Association’s benefactors. The awards will be presented in Washington to military dogs who’ve demonstrated bravery while serving overseas in combat theaters alongside U.S. military personnel.
“This provides validation for the dogs and the units they served,” Masingill said.