The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced the first set of recipients of its Paw of Courage awards for 2017. The award recognizes working dogs who have risked their lives in service to their communities.
The first set of recipients includes members of four K9 units from across the country:
- K9 Bruno (Anaheim Police Department, California)
- K9 Mattis (Alpharetta Police Department, Georgia)
- K9 Jardo (Boise Police Department, Idaho)
- K9 Peydro (Woodland Police Department, California)
Additional information about each of the recipients is available here.
“These selfless canines prove their devotion time and time again. They demonstrate loyalty, valor and honor in their careers and each of these dogs has made a substantial sacrifice in the line of duty. It is with great esteem that we honor these working dogs with the AKC Paw of Courage as an indication of our appreciation.”
— Gina DiNardo, Vice President, AKC
Recipients of the Paw of Courage award — or their partner — receive a medal and certificate. Present and past recipients are featured on the AKC website.
To nominate a dog for the Paw of Courage, complete the nomination form here. All working dogs, regardless of breed, are eligible for nomination.