Russian police dog gets medal for valour

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 09:20 hrs

Moscow, Feb 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A veteran police dog from South Siberia has been awarded a medal for courage, dedication and professionalism, authorities said.

The dog named Zhasmin was honoured for "the exemplary and faithful performance of its official duties", in particular while enforcing law and order in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region.

Zhasmin retired in January after 10 years of service with an excellent track record, including dozens of human lives it has saved, said the citation.

"In 2012, during a special operation in a town in the North Caucasus region the dog spotted an improvised explosive device planted by the roadside," the citation said.

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