Heroic French dog sniffs out award

2011-11-09 17:37
Policeman and dog handler Didier Hude poses with his dog Aldo at the Bordeaux city hall. (Nicolas Tucat, AFP)

Policeman and dog handler Didier Hude poses with his dog Aldo at the Bordeaux city hall. (Nicolas Tucat, AFP)

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Bordeaux - A French police dog credited with sniffing out 1 700 drugs suspects was on Wednesday decorated with a medal for bravery and dedication at a ceremony in the city of Bordeaux.

Aldo, a Belgian Malinois sheepdog, has been behind 1 700 arrests since he started working for the Bordeaux police department in 2006 - almost one a day - and 475 arrests this year alone.

"Aldo is a police dog with an absolutely remarkable career," said regional police chief Patrick Stefanini.

Regional public security official Pierre-Marie Bourniquel said that less than a dozen police dogs had been decorated in France.

Aldo's handler Didier Hude did not receive a medal.
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