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Diggers’ dog believed dead

Sydney Morning Herald  August 17, 2011

A BOMB-SNIFFING dog that went missing during a battle between Australian special forces troops and the Taliban in Afghanistan last month is probably dead, Defence has admitted.

The dog, named Lucky, was last seen running away from the firefight, during which Sergeant Todd Langley became the 28th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

It is possible the golden labrador was inadvertently killed by the coalition air strikes called in on the area he was last seen running towards, in the southern province of Helmand.

“Unfortunately Lucky was not recovered and, due to the … situation on the ground, we were unable to follow up after several hours of intense fighting,” special forces commander Lieutenant-Colonel G said (his identity cannot be revealed).

“It was impossible for [us] to safely follow the dog through and beyond the vegetated area insurgents were using as a fighting position,” he said. The Defence Force said the joint Australian and Afghan force called repeatedly to the dog over a loudspeaker and offered a reward to locals for Lucky’s return, but to no avail.

“Our dogs are important to our operations and our handlers form extremely close bonds with their dog – losing … a dog is particularly hard on them, but it also affects the whole team who enjoy the company of the dogs,” Colonel G said.

Defence said Lucky was rescued from a pound in Canberra last year, and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. Hope remains that he will follow in the footsteps – or paw marks – of Sarbi, the ADF dog given up for dead in Afghanistan, that turned up safe 13 months later

Please see the original article at Sydney Morning Herald AU

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