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Dog dies after Army handler is killed

An inseparable pair was proven till the end when Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of The Royal Army Veterinary Corps killed in a firefight with the Taliban.

A 26-year-old soldier, Liam Tasker and 22-month-old springer spaniel cross, Theo spent 15 weeks on a handlers course where they learned to work as a team and developed their bond. The two developed a different relationship and treated each other as a companion.

Because of their good team up, the pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months, and with that success saved many lives. Lance Corporal Tasker loves working with Theo because of it's great character. Theo never tires and can't wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing. Liam was very professional, brave and dedicated that made Theo such an amazing dog.

On Tuesday they took part in a mission in the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand, a hotbed of the insurgency. Theo’s task was to be the ‘front man’, sniffing out any hidden IEDs, weapons and bomb-making equipment when they were engaged by small arms fire. Liam received injuries from the said attack and died. Theo survived being fired repeatedly but then died shortly after returning to the camp. He was traumatised by the gunfire so the seizure could have been brought on by that.

The two died as a hero, saving many lives. Among many tributes, Liam Fox, the defence secretary, said: "From the accounts made by his military colleagues and his family, I understand that he was a dedicated and highly capable soldier, whose skills in handling dogs were second to none. He and his dog Theo had saved lives and for this, we will be eternally grateful."


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