Max the dog awarded canine equivalent of an OBE after helping 'thousands of people across the globe

Max the dog awarded canine equivalent of an OBE after helping 'thousands of people across the globe

19th February 2021

A spaniel which provided virtual therapy to people across the world during the pandemic is being awarded the animal equivalent of an OBE.

Max, a 13-year-old English springer spaniel and social media star from the Lake District, will be awarded the Order of Merit by veterinary charity PDSA for his outstanding contribution to society at a virtual ceremony today.

PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said: "Max has provided a source of huge comfort - not only to his owner, but to thousands of people across the globe who are facing or have gone through hard times.

"He has become a true ambassador for the positive impact that animals have on mental health and wellbeing, which is more important now than ever. "

Max's owner, credits the dog with giving him a "reason to live" after a road traffic accident left him unable to walk and with severe depression.

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