Dog that saved lives in Afghanistan murdered by Arizona shelter incompetents

A dog credited with saving the lives of dozens of US soldiers in Afghanistan was euthanized in an Arizona shelter by mistake, reports the Arizona Republic. Target, a stray who hung around a US military base, became a hero when she and two other dogs attacked a suicide bomber who had snuck onto the base, keeping him away from the barracks. Though the bomber detonated his charge, only five soldiers were injured because the dogs had chased him far enough away.

After the incident, Target was adopted by Sgt. Terry Young and “treated like royalty” by the troops on the base, Young said. The shepherd mix returned home with him after his tour and even won hearts on Oprah. But she slipped out of Young’s yard this weekend and ended up at a shelter, where an employee mixed her up with a dog set to be put down. “I just can’t believe that something like this would happen to such a good dog,” says Young.

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5 Responses to Dog that saved lives in Afghanistan murdered by Arizona shelter incompetents

  1. A Michael J. Scott Reply

    November 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

    This is so sad.

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  3. Holte Ender Reply

    November 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Arizona again! The place is falling apart.

  4. Jess Reply

    November 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I hope they put into place some rules, where this does not happen again to any dog no matter who they belong to.

  5. SagaciousHillbilly Reply

    November 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I hate kill shelters.

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