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Retirement for most military dogs meant "put to sleep" until the Military Dog Retirement Act passed in 2015 but our duty to America's K-9s is far from over in 2017.

 

 

FREEDOM, NOT DEATH, FOR MILITARY DOGS

 

Prior to this exposure, retirement for most Military Working Dogs meant "put to sleep" in whatever country they were serving.  It was NOT alright that others were “left for adoption in the country where their service ends. What were the odds of being adopted in war-torn third world countries? Zero.

 

The Military Dog Retirement Act passed Congress in 2015 but our duty to the K-9s, their handlers, and all veterans is ongoing. Media sources speculate that we may need those dogs and their capable handlers if rioting escalates in 2017.  If you are

active duty or retired, let us hear from you, see below.

 

TheDogPlace.org has supported Military Dogs (K-9s) since 2009.  There have been small successes but finally, the Congressional Military Working Dog Adoption Law gives priority first to civilian Law Enforcement Agencies, then to prior military handlers, and finally to the general public.

 

"ADOPTION OF MILITARY WORKING DOGS.
    (a) Adoption of Military Working Dogs.--Chapter 153 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``Sec. 2582. Military working dogs: transfer and adoption at end of useful working life."'

 

Military dogs suffer the same blazing sun, war wounds, and death as our brave soldiers.

The 2014 Max movie moved millions and finally, in 2015 we achieved inclusion of the Military Dog Retirement Act in the National Defense Authorization Bill.

 

ii S. 1498, Military Dog Retirement Act was introduced June 3, 2015.  The Senate Bill is “to support veterans and military dog handlers by ensuring that military working dogs come home to the United States after they have been relieved from their service in combat roles overseas.” 

 

ii H.R. 2742, the Military Dog Retirement Act introduced in the House on June 11, 2015 "to require that military working dogs be retired in the United States, and for other purposes ..." 

 

Thanks to TheDogPlace.org, the Huffington Post, US War Dogs.org, TheDogPress.com, Pets For Patriots, and other determined supporters, the Military Dog Retirement Act passed and was signed by President Obama.

 

But there was more to be done.  Finally, in November 23, 2015 the Military Dog Retirement Act required the Department of Defense to arrange and pay for transportation of trained military dogs back to the United States when their service abroad has been deemed no longer necessary, including because of injury.

 

Mine Detection Dog (MDD) searches suspected mine field in AfghanistanThis allowed more military dogs to be adopted. While some dogs are aggression trained most military working dogs are not used for sentry, tracking, and as MDD (Mine Detection Dogs). 

 

Those "War Dogs" saved countless civilian lives in Afghanistan and Iraq including children who would have tripped the still-intact mines while searching for souvenirs.

 

Many military dogs were adopted and put to work in police and sheriffs departments across the U.S. They are still serving and for that we should be especially grateful.  Now, in 2017, many citizens fear that those dogs may also prove vital in the homeland as senseless and destructive riots increase.

 

Sadly, not all military dogs were saved. And to that point, we remind readers that the United States Armed Forces is still engaged around the world.  As North Korea continues to threaten South Korea and the U.S. as far inland as the Rockies, we are thankful that we still have combat trained war dogs.  Let us hope they never have to be used in Korea.

 

We thank the thousands of NetPlaces Network readers who called your Representatives and wrote to Congress.  Surely we will never have to plead for the lives of our canine heroes again but TheDogPlace is leaving this Congressional contact information handy.

We also want to call your attention to the man who single-handedly brought K9 Veterans Day to reality.  Joseph White was the Founder of the K-9 Veterans Day memorial holiday and TheDogPlace.org is honored to have been there in 2009.  We were and are his biggest promoter.  Joe was a hero in many ways.  Before you go, see this short page which includes how K-9 Veterans Day was born.

 

Explore the great stories and information below.  And if you are a veteran with a story or personal experience with a military K-9 or assistance dog, EMAIL THE EDITOR!

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