These are the highly trained and ultimately loyal bomb-sniffing dogs in Afghanistan that saved how many of our soldiers lives? And in return for their service, the corps of bomb-sniffing dogs were mistreated when they were discharged from the military according to a report issued on Thursday by the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office.
According to Reuters, an investigation was launched after soldiers who had handled the dogs complained about the fate of their four-legged heroes. Once the dogs were brought back to the United States, some were left to languish in kennels for nearly a year. They lacked care and attention; others were euthanized . No screenings were done to help the dogs find homes. The report stated one of the dogs diagnosed as having canine PTSD and another dog trained to bite went to families with children.
Soldiers who had been their handlers in Afghanistan struggled to find their dogs at the kennels; a few of the lucky pups were rescued. Several dogs have been rescued by Operation Enduring Freedom helping veterans.
The dogs bravely served from 2010 to 2014, and according to the report the Army failed to abide by Pentagon rules concerning the handling of these dogs.
“The Army did not use the DOD Working Dog Management system as required by the Joint Military Working Dog Instruction and Army Regulation 190-12,” the Inspector General wrote in the report.
When the contract ended in 2014, the dogs should have been evaluated and their fates and futures determined at the time. What a shameful way to treat our most loyal companions and all of those dogs who served in the military.
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