NOT DEATH, FOR
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
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
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
``Sec. 2582. Military working dogs: transfer and adoption at end of useful
ii S. 1498, Military Dog Retirement Act
was introduced June 3, 2015. The Senate Bill is
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
click to send this article to your friends
Illustrated war dogs of today, U.S. K-9 Corps dogs serve democracy.
Intimate, deadly history and battle details will bring shivers/tears.
Killing K-9 soldiers because it's cheaper than bringing them home?