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Search dog commended by PDSA for saving missing anorexic teen in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 11:45 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:45 25 March 2013

Search dog Winnie and handler Kathrin Tasker

Search dog Winnie and handler Kathrin Tasker

Kerry Jordan Photography

A search dog has been commended by the PDSA after saving the life of a 17-year-old anorexic girl suffering from hypothermia in Bromley.

Winnie, of of Surrey’s Lowland Rescue dog, was delopyed to assist officers from Bromley police in searching an area of woodland after the girl has been missing for a number of hours in January.

The dog, along with handler Kathrin Tasker, found the missing teenager amidst bushes in near freezing temperatures.

The seven-year-old Lurcher was presented with her award for devotion to duty by the borough commander, Steph Roberts.

She said: “The Lowland Rescue Dog teams are invaluable in assisting us when searching for missing persons, especially given the size of this borough.

“Yet again they have ensured a happy outcome, with vulnerable missing teenager being swiftly found thanks in no small part to Winnie.”

Her handler, Kathrin, added: “I’m accepting this on behalf of all of Surrey and the UK’s Lowland Rescue teams who train for years to save lives without pay or often recognition.

“Winnie loves to find people and I’m very proud to have such a special dog.”

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