Adopted hero dog credited with saving soldier's lives in Afghanistan accidentally put to sleep

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FLORENCE COUNTY, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County officials say the Animal Care and Control Agency received a call Friday about a stray, female shepherd-mix dog in the San Tan Valley area.

The dog was picked up by an officer and taken to the County Animal Shelter, where it stayed over the weekend. Officials say the dog was not micro-chipped or licensed with the county.

Officials say the unidentified employee didn't follow proper procedures, and an investigation is being conducted to ensure the mistake doesn't happen again.

Sgt Terry Young adopted the dog, Target, and brought her from Afghanistan to live with her in Arizona. He says she frightened off a suicide bomber inside a military base, and potentially saved soldiers' lives. He says she was treated like royalty by all the soldiers on base.

He adds that he can't believe such a good dog could be euthanized.

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