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Australian bomb-sniffing dog laid to rest

novaAustralian soldiers in Afghanistan bid farewell to Nova, a mixed breed dog from a shelter who was trained to detect bombs.

Nova died after a car accident during a training operation at Camp Holland on Friday, according to the Courier Mail

The two-year-old dog was involved in several missions in Afghanistan, helping to sniff out improvised explosive devices placed by Taliban insurgents.

Medics tried to save Nova but her wounds were too severe and she was put down by the regimental medical officer. Base personnel later gathered with their chaplain to say farewell to their four-legged mate, who will be cremated.

Several other Australian Army explosive-detection dogs have been killed or injured in Afghanistan over the past two years, including Merlin and Andy, both killed in vehicle accidents, and Razz, who was killed when a bomb he found detonated.

(Photo: Nova and her handler Spr. Reuben Griggs/AAP)

Comments

Comment from Sandy
Time October 28, 2009 at 5:51 am

Job well done Nova
The soldiers grieve and miss you for your loyalty and companionship as I also grieve for you as a wonderful example of “Man’s Best Friend”.
May the troops always remember you and other dogs who have served them so well.

a prayer for you Nove from 2 dog lovers and our 3 “rescue hunds”

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