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WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW: Veteran dogs who saved thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan to be killed

RACHEL DALE & ANDY JEHRING: ‘Two Army dogs which helped save thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan will be put down next week, be­cause Top Brass say they can’t be re-homed. Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz sniffed out deadly IEDs on missions in Helmand Province before being retired… The two Belgian Shepherds, retired after dozens of life-saving missions as specially-trained search dogs in Afghanistan, are due to be put down next week after chiefs ruled they can’t be re-homed.

Former soldiers and handlers who worked with the pair — and with an ex-police hound named Driver which is also doomed to die — have written to the commanding officer at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leics… One angry handler said as a rescue campaign began: “We’ll do anything to save them.” [Another] distraught handler has slammed the decision to destroy Army dogs Kevin and Dazz — saying: “This is such a cruel way to treat these animals that have given us so much”… But despite experienced hand­lers offering to take them, Army chiefs are standing firm, saying they aren’t safe to be given new homes’. SOURCE…

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