09/26/2013 01:38 EDT | Updated 11/26/2013 05:12 EST

Dog honoured as Lac-Mégantic hero

A dog who saved his master's life during the Lac-Mégantic, Que. train crash and explosion in July is being honoured by Quebec's veterinary association today.

The 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier named "Puce" woke up his owner, Paul LeClerc, just after the train cars exploded.

On July 6, a train towing dozens of tanker cars derailed in the town, killing 47 people and destroying much of Lac-Mégantic's core.

- Faces of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

Faces of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

The L'Association des Médecins Vétérinaires Praticiens du Québec (AMVPQ)​ inducted Puce into its pantheon of animals at a ceremony in Lac-Mégantic this morning.

The association has given the honour to 34 dogs, five cats and two horses during the past 15 years.