Ogmore MP Chris Elmore this week pledged his support for the construction of the new national memorial to honour military working dogs.
The National Military Working Dog Memorial will be based in Brynford, North Wales.
This memorial will be constructed on site and has the support from members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. The mausoleum will cost around £150,000 to build and will feature four bronze statues who will guard over the plaques commemorating the work of the Armed Forces service animals who have served with distinction.
The four dogs guarding over the mausoleum will be based upon four dogs who served with distinction. The first will be of Buster who died in 2015 aged 13. He served in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq – sniffing out ordnance and booby traps before they could kill British service personnel. On retirement Buster became the mascot of the RAF Police.
A fund-raising drive is now on to build the memorial following the granting of charity status to the National Military Working Dogs trust.
Chris Elmore MP said: “The outstanding bravery of the military service dogs over the years has gone unrecognised for too long. It was a pleasure to pledge my support for this new national memorial.
“At the event I was able to hear some of the truly heroic acts these working dogs have done to protect our Armed Forces. I know that this memorial will mean a great deal to dog handlers or those with military connections. The mausoleum will be a fitting tribute to our military dogs and I look forward to its completion.”