US Army mistreated bomb-sniffing dogs – left in kennels for a year

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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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12 replies
  1. Vicki Hood says:

    Inexcusable treatment of our heroes. This is a very poor representation and affects the quality and reputation of our military. Some payback for the hell these innocents went through. So many are wanted by their soldiers and families that adopt. Our administration has sunk to a new low.

    We are not dropping this cause. Military and administration are exposed. Inexcusable to kill our heros, Inexcusable to ignore our heros and let them suffer. This is just plain poor management and low-class administration.

  2. Melissa Gurley says:

    What a shame our government needs to step up and do the right thing for our dogs the government is suppose to be a example for what showing people how to abuse dogs so very sad

  3. Marni says:

    That is so wrong. These dogs are heroes. This is despicable. Humans have become so inhumane. Who do we send our emails to?

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    Disgusting, these dogs saved lives and deserve to be treated as heroes. The should NEVER be forgotten. Any soldier that wants to adopt their K-9 partner should be allowed to

  5. pennysdachshunds says:

    The complete Narcissistic Pathetic Excuse for Humans that TREATED these HEROIC DOGS in this FASHION should be COURT MRTAILED and Serve Time in a Military Prison for the Horrific Treatment They Gave to these wonderful animals… this is what the Evil , Bastards should get… these are the ones that come home and abuse their wives and children. How MANY more of our Dedicated Service Men & Women Would have died without the assist of these heroic animals…. SHAME ON THE US ARMY!!!

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    More despicable acts by the U.S. Army – their total lack of ensuring these dogs who were vital to them when they were needed, then treated like trash when not, is just typical of the U.S. government’s treatment of ALL soldiers. both human and canine, when they leave the service. These dogs SERVED and need to be rehomed, not stuck in kennels or murdered – they are soldiers who are HEROES, not trash – they risked and gave their lives for this country and to treat them like garbage sure proves that the U.S. Army is a cruel, irresponsible branch of the government.

  7. Red says:

    I will never understand how anyone….can ignore, abuse, mistreat an animal….. and if you are ignoring a situation that concerns an animal….YOU ARE THE ABUSER!!!!!!!!!!!!! No animal should be in a cage, kennel, etc for any amount of time.


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