Military working dog Yuki sticks close to his handler, aircraftman Adam McQuillan, during a capability display at RAAF Base Townsville.
Military working dog Yuki sticks close to his handler, aircraftman Adam McQuillan, during a capability display at RAAF Base Townsville. CPL Oliver Carter

Call to recognise effort of dogs in combat

THIS Anzac Day, Dogs Queensland is urging Australians to also pay their respects to the four-legged heroes that have served beside those men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Dogs have served alongside Australia's military personnel for more than a century, including german shepherds that protected equipment in the First World War.

Dogs Queensland general manager Rob Harrison said military working dogs continued to make significant contribu- tions to the Australian Defence Force, including searching for wounded soldiers, finding Improvised Explosive Devices, and providing security for personnel and equipment at bases around the world.

"War dogs have a long tradition of serving alongside our soldiers in combat - their contribution should also be recognised on Anzac Day (Tuesday),” Mr Harrison said.

"Dogs are intelligent and highly disciplined animals. Their ability to stay alert for long periods of time makes them an asset ... in combat situations.”

More than 10 dog breeds serve in the Australian armed forces.



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