Sarbi, an explosives detection dog with the Austrian Army, was given the RSPCA’s Purple Cross, the highest award for animal bravery, after being declared missing in action in Afghanistan for more than a year.
The 10-year-old Labrador-Newfoundland mix was honored in ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra yesterday.
According to media reports, she was gone since September 2008 when “a convoy of Australian and Afghan soldiers was attacked by insurgents in Oruzgan province.”
Sarbi marks the ninth animal to win the award.
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