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The last living British dog to be given the medal was in 2010.

Treo received the honour for its actions in 2008, when it was deployed to Helmand Province to search for weapons and munitions concealed by the Taliban.

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The dog's citation says: 'The significance of his actions during this seven-and-a-half-hour mission saw him perform above and beyond the call of duty on numerous occasions.'Mali displayed outstanding courage in the face of fire and there is no doubt that his actions throughout the operation were pivotal in the success of breaking an enemy stronghold, helping to save multiple lives and prevent further injury.'Footage from the time showed Britain's elite unit, wearing the uniform of Afghan soldiers, scale the building where the Taliban had been hiding.

The medal was instituted by PDSA's founder, Maria Dickin CBE, in 1943.

Mali will be the 69th recipient of the award, recipients include 32 World War Two messenger pigeons, 32 dogs, including Mali, 4 horses and a cat.

The citation added: 'Despite his injuries, Mali continued his duties and pushed forward, remaining close to his handler.'He played a key role in breaking the stalemate that had begun to develop in the building, providing impetus for the host nation and UK forces to continue to fight and bring about a successful resolution.'After receiving emergency treatment for his injuries, Mali returned home from Afghanistan, where he made a full recovery.

Corporal Daniel Hatley, who trained Mali as a puppy before he was deployed to Afghanistan, said of his award: 'I am extremely proud of Mali.'The way he conducted himself when it mattered most enabled my colleagues to achieve success in close combat.'The PDSA charity's Director General, Jan Mc Loughlin, said: 'Mali has displayed a truly awesome ability and determination to seek out explosives and insurgents during a key operation.'To achieve this while exposed to close combat and such intense enemy attack, makes him an incredibly worthy recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal.'It is even more poignant that we were able to make Mali's award today on our charity's 100th birthday.'Lieutenant Colonel Abby Du Baree from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps said: 'Stories like Mali's are sobering to read and help to demonstrate the key role that animals continue to play in our armed forces.'Brigadier Roly Walker, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) said: 'As long as we've had soldiers, we've had animals; and I think we always will have them.'Today's award of a PDSA Dickin Medal to Mali recognises this unique bond.'Although retired from front line duties, Mali continues to work at the RAVC's Defence Animal Centre in Leicestershire, where he and his current handler Corporal Daniel Hatley, help to train new dog handlers.

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