Heroic army dog who saved countless lives has been awarded the animal version of the Victoria Cross.

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Pictured: Bass  with his PDSA Dickin Medal with staff Sergeant Alex Schnell<br />
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A heroic army dog who saved countless lives by sniffing out five IED bombs during a raid against the Taliban has been awarded the animal version of the Victoria Cross.<br />
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Bass, a Belgian Shepherd who served in the US Marine Corps, has become the 75th animal to win the PDSA's Dickin Medal.<br />
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The award was launched by the UK charity in 1943 after its founder, Maria Dickin, realised the amount of lives animals - mostly dogs and carrier pigeons - saved in war.<br />
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Bass spent six years in the US Marine Special Operation Command and conducted more than 350 explosive sweeps in 46 missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.