Life-saving dog Irma awarded caring animal of year

Paul Wilkie with his service dog Irma

A dog credited with having helped save the life of a Tayside soldier has been given an award.

Springer spaniel Irma won the Caring Animal of the Year award for helping Army veteran Paul Wilkie cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Paul, of Perth, who served in the Falklands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns during 22 years of service, is now on the road to recovery thanks to his new life with Irma.

Irma, who was the first dog trained in Scotland by the military charity Bravehound, was honoured at the Animal Hero Awards in London.

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