A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.
Endal the Labrador was voted Dog of the Millennium and given the PDSA's coveted Gold Medal for saving his master Allen Parton's life in 2001 after he had been knocked from his wheelchair by a car. Endal dragged his owner into the recovery position, pulled a blanket over him and ran to a hotel barking for help. He's seen here at the grave of Simon the cat at the re-opening of the PDSA Animal Cemetery in Ilford.Picture: Stephen Lock