Afghanistan War Hero Dogs Mistreated and Abandoned in Kennels After Returning U.S.

Shocking report reveals what happened to the canine war heroes who served in Afghanistan and saved American soldiers lives.

These canine war heroes made up a corps of bomb-sniffing dogs that accompanied brigade combat teams on potentially lethal missions, sniffing out roadside bombs in Afghanistan that saved lives.

In return for their combat service, they did not get the heroes welcome they deserved for saving American soldiers lives, the U.S. Army mistreated them when they were discharged from the military, the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office said in a report issued on March 1. 

Fox News reports:

Many dogs revered on the battlefield for their work alongside U.S. Army personnel in Afghanistan — searching for bombs and potentially saving human lives — receive anything but a hero’s welcome when they return home, a report says.

After serving overseas between 2010 and 2014, some canine companions were left in kennels up to 11 months, while others didn’t receive proper care and attention, or were put down after returning statesideReuters reported, citing a March 1 report from the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office.

And for people wanting to adopt the dogs, there were no proper screening measures in place, the report said.

“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 said in its report, Reuters reported.

Several soldiers rescued their furry friends from Army kennels, according to the report, which blamed the Army for not following repeated Pentagon rules over the handling of military service dogs, Reuters reported.

The Army also failed to use the Air Force’s 341st Training Squadron to acquire their military dogs, opting instead went for a private contractor, the report said.

An Army spokesmen did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

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