Dog-Sense For All Dog Owners
"Obama admin puts 1,200 military dogs to death"
Death in combat is a cost of war but how can our government justify killing canine soldiers because it is more cost-effective than bringing the dogs home?
July 2014 | TheDogPress.com
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Douglas Montero, reporting for Pulitzer Prize winning The National Enquirer says "In a heartbreaking tragedy of war, more than 1,200 brave military dogs used to protect troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere were killed by our government after they were retired.
"The heroic service dogs were euthanized because they were deemed too “dangerous” for civilian adoption or jobs with law enforcement agencies, as well as for medical reasons according to U.S. Air Force reports given to Congress."
NE reported "Shockingly, 16 retired war dogs that once worked as military guards or bomb sniffers were 'put down' between 2001 and 2005 simply because 'they were not wanted' by anyone, according to official documents."
"Army Specialist Luke Andrukitis was so upset by the practice that he tracked down and found his bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois – a fearless pooch that had saved many lives, including his, in Afghanistan during a nine-month deployment in 2013.
“(The euthanasia) is absolutely horrible!” he said. "They served their country just like we did.'"
TheDogPress.com presents these shocking excerpts from The National Enquirer because our yearly "Freedom" edition every Fourth Of July is a celebration of our country's great heritage. As we honor the soldiers who keep us free, we apologize for revealing this dim side.
Our subscribers know well that dogs have served mankind and fought by our side since the beginning of recorded history. Dogs have provided food (sometimes dogs were the food) and guarded our homes and hearth. Today dogs serve our country's law enforcement at home and our Military forces around the globe. War dogs put their life on the line for their handlers and the platoon they serve. No, they don't have a "choice" but if they could make a conscious decision, they would still lay down their life for those they love.
So how can our government refuse to honor the military dogs and insult us with blatant lies and trumped up excuses? How can an estimated 400 dogs per year be slaughtered instead of allowed to live with people? Even if they had to live in kennels, those canine veterans should be given the best and most comfortable surroundings, the best veterinary care, the most loving caretakers, and canine therapists offering continued mental stimulation and emotional support.
How hard is that? We have military men and women who would stand in line to get a "job" taking care of those canine retirees! Cost? The federal government spends $300 on a hammer or $250,000 on a limousine so an officer can ride in style, but it can't afford $1200 a year to provide comfort and care for our canine veterans?
We have celebrated the Modern War Dogs and Dogs Of The Civil War (below) but this year, we mourn for the dogs killed by our military because their job was done. Lackland Air Force base rotates around a thousand dogs in training but when Collen McGee, Lackland's designated spokeswoman says "many have been deemed unsuitable for adoption because of their repeated unprovoked aggressive action” we refuse to believe her.
TheDogPress finds itself in agreement with animal rights activist Beverly Gaines who insists that we are not doing enough to rehabilitate military dogs or find them a suitable home.
We're told that there are currently more than 300 people waiting to adopt a military dog. This in addition to the servicemen and women who fight to bring their canine partners home with them.
And despite the open hearts and homes here in America, there is an average waiting time of 18 months to adopt a military dog.
Keeping the plight of these loyal canine veterans in the public eye is the job of everyone who loves dogs and appreciates how their own dog has enriched their life.
"What I’d really like to see is a process whereby these stories, however infrequent, are brought to the public’s attention. There are a million softies like myself who would be more than willing to give a dog, even a special needs dog, a loving home for the remainder of his life." -Dean Garrison, Editor, D.C. Clothesline
We couldn't agree more! And since this expose' was published in 2014, progress has been made. You signed petitions, called your legislators, and the result is the July 4th 2015 release of the Max movie which exemplifies a new military policy for wounded and retired military dogs.