WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW: Veteran dogs who saved thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan to be killed
RACHEL DALE & ANDY JEHRING: ‘Two Army dogs which helped save thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan will be put down next week, because Top Brass say they can’t be re-homed. Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz sniffed out deadly IEDs on missions in Helmand Province before being retired… The two Belgian Shepherds, retired after dozens of life-saving missions as specially-trained search dogs in Afghanistan, are due to be put down next week after chiefs ruled they can’t be re-homed.
Former soldiers and handlers who worked with the pair — and with an ex-police hound named Driver which is also doomed to die — have written to the commanding officer at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leics… One angry handler said as a rescue campaign began: “We’ll do anything to save them.” [Another] distraught handler has slammed the decision to destroy Army dogs Kevin and Dazz — saying: “This is such a cruel way to treat these animals that have given us so much”… But despite experienced handlers offering to take them, Army chiefs are standing firm, saying they aren’t safe to be given new homes’. SOURCE…