A hero dog is to receive a "Victoria Cross" for animals after he ran through a hail of bullets to save British commandos.

Kuno was blasted in two of his legs as he leapt into action in a firefight in Afghanistan between our troops and an al-Qaeda gunman.

The three-year-old Belgian Shepherd Malinois and his handler were deployed on a raid at a compound in 2019 when they came under attack.

He charged through a hail of gunfire to bring down the shooter.

Malinois bravery saved the lives of Special Boat Servicemen who had been pinned down in a ditch by the jihadist’s machine gun.

The PDSA Dickin Medal for valour is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross

Kuno suffered such serious injuries he required several operations on his leg injuries.

But he is now thriving after becoming the first UK military working dog to be fitted with custom-made prosthetic limbs.

He was wounded in action while heroically saving the lives of British Forces fighting Al Qaeda

And the dog is set to be awarded the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – for valour under fire.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Without Kuno, the course of this operation could have been very different and it’s clear he saved the lives of British personnel that day."

Retired military dog Kuno is to receive the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal for valour

Mr Wallace said: "Kuno’s story reminds us not only of the dedicated service of our soldiers and military dogs, but also the great care that the UK armed forces provide to the animals that serve alongside them."

Kuno will become the 72nd recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal, with previous honours going to 34 dogs, 32 World War 2 messenger pigeons, four horses and one cat.

PDSA director-general Jan McLoughlin said: "Kuno’s heroic actions undoubtedly changed the course of the mission and saved lives.

"He took on the enemy without fear or hesitation, never ­faltering from his duty despite being seriously injured."