RAF dog from Nottingham nominated for Public Service Animal of the Year Award
(Amesbury, Wiltshire – 21 November 2014)
German Shorthaired Pointer, Hertz, has spent the last year working as a sniffer dog at Camp Bastion to protect troops from insurgents.
Having joined the RAF at the age of one he was quickly noticed for his strong nose and taken on for specialist training, detecting banned electronic equipment such as mobile phones. He was then stationed in Afghanistan at the entry points of Camp Bastion, checking civilian workers for electronics to prevent information leaks and, therefore, helping to prevent attacks on the camp.
During his 13 month tour of duty he encountered extreme temperatures (from -10Oc to 45Oc) and detected over 100 banned items. He was so successful that he was also called in to assist the Danish and American troops. When he wasn’t hard at work he was busy meeting his military fans and keeping his handler company.
Hertz’s handler Sgt Jonathan Tanner said: “Hertz, without a doubt, saved the lives of countless British and Allied servicemen and women due to his intelligence and amazing nose.
“While he was in Afghanistan there wasn’t a single attack on Camp Bastion – and he played a part in that.”
Elaine Fairfax, Managing Director and Founder of Animal Friends, said: “I am delighted to be sponsoring the Public Service Animal of the Year Award and wish the best of luck to the nominees, who are all deserving of this honour. I look forward to attending the ceremony and presenting the winner with their award, but as far as I am concerned they are all winners.”
The awards ceremony will be taking place at Grosvenor House on Wednesday 26th November and hosted by animal-lover Amanda Holden.