Spain police dog wins British award for bravery

1:48 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
Police dog Ajax looks on as by his handler, Civil Guard Sergeant Juan Carlos Alabarces Munoz, 3rd left embraces a colleague after the dog won a medal in Mostoles, just outside of Madrid, Spain Tuesday June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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MOSTOLES, Spain (AP) -- Ajax has a nose for trouble.

The retired Spanish police dog has received a prestigious award by a British animal charity group in recognition of his bravery and skill.

The bushy-coated, black-and-gold German Shepherd detected a bomb on the Spanish island of Mallorca only hours after two officers were killed in a terror attack on July 30, 2009.

The 12-year-old dog found the bomb planted under a car by the armed Basque group ETA in the town of Palma Nova.

He was decorated with the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals' Gold Medal at a ceremony Tuesday on the outskirts of Madrid.

Ajax is the 22nd dog to receive the award.

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