Hero Dog From Afghanistan Accidentally Euthanized In Shelter

I don’t want to write this post.  In August I told you about 3 dogs in Afghanistan who thwarted a suicide bomber and saved 50 human lives.  The 2 surviving dogs, Rufus & Target, were brought to the U.S. and later their offspring came too. Such lucky dogs.  Target went to live with Sgt. Terry Young and his family in Arizona.

Tragically, Target, who helped stop the suicide bomber by attacking him, was killed in an Arizona animal shelter due to a mistake.  To have survived so much, only to be killed in an animal shelter just breaks my heart.  I can’t imagine what this soldier and his family are going through.  You can see how important these dogs were to the men who befriended them in this piece from when Sgt. Young was on the Oprah Show.

4 Replies to “Hero Dog From Afghanistan Accidentally Euthanized In Shelter”

  1. That is such a tragedy. It breaks my heart every time I go to one of those “Shelters”. We are involved in a no-kill shelter here in Southern California. I wish they were the ones getting funded by the city’s. If they were then this would not have happened. My condolences to the family that lost their hero.

  2. How I wish that we had a NO KILL shelter in South Africa. We are really trying to make a difference, but we feel like one small drop in the ocean.

    But this really is a good idea and I will try to get something like this going here.

    All of the best!

  3. Some “shelter”….these are murderers, plain and simple. They will never be able to make up for killing this hero.

  4. This story is a huge tragedy. You have a great blog. I am writing to see if you and your followers can help me get signatures on a petition to make changes at the City of Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control (“CACC”). My cats were recently taken by CACC and contracted a highly contagious, deadly virus. One of my cat’s Boo, passed away after contracting the virus. You can read Boo’s story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5fW1lFVJxE.

    CACC has been under a lot of scrutiny lately, including a story that ran on our local WGN station. You can see the story at http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/steve-dale-pet-world/2010/09/paul-lisnek-discusses-conditions-at-chicago-animal-care-and-control.html. You can also read about what is happening at http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2010/11/chicagos-animal-care-and-control-new-incident/.

    If you or any of your friends and family could sign Boo’s petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/BooBoo/petition.html. We are trying to get attention from everywhere so that the Mayor will have to do something about the conditions at CACC. We need over 5,000 signatures so any assistance you could give to help our plight would be greatly appreciated.

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