By Scott MacFarlane.
They survived running toward death and danger, but some locally trained military dogs of war are not making it home.
Instead, they’re being euthanized.
Channel 2′s Scott MacFarlane learned of an obscure U.S. law that is making it tough for military dogs to be adopted after their service is over.
Army Sgt. David Varkett survived his tour of duty in Afghanistan, because his unit included Nooshka, a 5- year-old dog that sniffed out an improvised bomb before it exploded.
“This dog has saved my life and many others,” Varkett said. “She became a little local hero, finding those IEDs.”
The U.S. military is now breeding 100 puppies a year, raising them and then training them for the front lines.
In an era of roadside bomb warfare, the bomb-sniffing dogs are remarkably useful. McFarlane went to Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas, where Georgia military canine units are training. He said the training is exhausting and intense.
Sgt. Jarred Palmer of Georgia, a Ft. Benning soldier, and his unit’s Belgian Malinois, Zzazu, are inseparable.
“The dog lives with you, she’s your best friend. She’s your partner,” Palmer said.
But for all the work, the military puts into training the dogs, federal law ties the military’s hands in protecting the canines afterward.
A recent congressional memo obtained….
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