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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  • by Westco lady Location: GJ on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    TThe person responsible will rot in hell. The entire staff at this shelter should be fired.
  • by Lynn Location: GJ on Nov 16, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    The dog was at the pound a short time. There is NO excuse in such "kill" happy staff!!!! I hope they get fired!
  • by Mike Location: Alabama on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    I am a multiple-dog owner. All of my dogs have imbedded microchips and have collars that identify the owner with contact information. If the adopted owner of this animal had done this, it would have remove one link in the causation chain that led to this heroic animal's death. I am not excusing the worker who killed the animal but but if I may use an analogy here, if you let your child play in the street and he/she gets hit by a drunk driver, you wouldn't excuse the drunk driver nor would you excuse allowing a child to play in the street. I love my animals like family and it's my responsibility to safeguard them at all time. I feel for the adopted owner's loss but there are easy and reasonable things that could have been done to prevent this.
  • by Linda Location: Colorado on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    This is so very wrong. I hope this person understands just how wrong his actions are and does not ever work with animals ever again.
  • by carrie Location: tx on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    This should not have happened . I hope this person who did this is fired, this is so sad makes me sick this dog survives war just to come to the us and be killed.What a shame come on america we can do better
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