Five army dogs have been recognized for their heroics on the battlefield in the Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir.
The five dogs, all Labradors were awarded top honours for valour and devotion to duty.
While three dogs sniffed out deadly explosives in the Northeast, two of them helped the Army track down hardcore terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir during counter-terrorism operations last year.
Their action saved scores of lives, reports quoting Army sources stated.
The dogs were honoured with commendation cards for outstanding service on January 15, which is celebrated as Army Day.
The three Labradors, Lalam, Mussi and Dambo were awarded the Eastern Army Commander’s commendation cards on Army Day for their valour in the Northeast.
Lalam, a mine detection specialist, used her skills to help a squad from 5/5 Gorkha Rifles track down an improvised explosive device at a village in Assam’s Baksa district on July 28, 2019, a day that ULFA observes as martyrs’ day.
Mussi led a team from the Assam Rifles to explosives planted along National Highway 102 that links Imphal to Moreh in Manipur.
Dambo also guided an Army squad to explosives planted by insurgents along the highway near Imphal last September.
All five dogs now proudly wear the commendation cards on their collars.
The names of decorated dogs, their collars and unique service numbers are also put up on roll of honour boards at military units.