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Spanish police dog wins British award for bravery

June 11th, 2013 5:35 pm by Associated Press

Spanish police dog wins British award for bravery

Police dog Ajax is applauded by Civil Guards and officials as he walks with his handler, Sergeant Juan Carlos Alabarces Munoz, right to collect a medal in Mostoles, Spain, Tuesday. AP photo.

MOSTOLES, Spain — Ajax has a nose for trouble.

The retired Spanish police dog has received a prestigious award by a British animal charity group in recognition of his bravery and skill.

The bushy-coated, black-and-gold German Shepherd detected a bomb on the Spanish island of Mallorca only hours after two officers were killed in a terror attack on July 30, 2009.

The 12-year-old dog found the bomb planted under a car by the armed Basque group ETA in the town of Palma Nova.

He was decorated with the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals’ Gold Medal at a ceremony Tuesday on the outskirts of Madrid.

Ajax is the 22nd dog to receive the award.

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