Paris Attacks hero dog Diesel honoured with medal

A French police dog killed during a raid to capture terrorists responsible for the deadly Paris attacks in November will be awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

Diesel, whose death prompted the phrase Je Suis Chien to go viral on social media, will be awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery and devotion to duty.

The seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog died from multiple gunshot wounds on 18 November, when he was sent into a building to find attackers.


It came five days after the attacks across the city which left 130 people dead.

His actions will be rewarded with the highest animal honour by the vet charity PDSA next year.

The PDSA’s director general, Jan McLoughlin, said: “As guardians of the world’s most prestigious animal awards programme, we were inundated by messages from members of the public to recognise (Diesel’s) heroism.

“The PDSA Dickin Medal recognises conspicuous devotion to duty in the theatre of conflict and Diesel is a truly deserving recipient.”