Target, the dog who survived Afghan war and melted hearts on Oprah, mistakenly put down at Arizona animal shelter

Posted: November 18th, 2010 by Gadget42

Mili Note: ‘Mistakenly?’  Sure.  Support your local no-kill shelter rather than the inHumane Society.

from Daily Mail

As a stray on the war-ravaged streets of Afghanistan, she had been shot by the Taliban and blasted by explosives. In fact, the plucky German Shepherd mix cheated death so often that U.S. soldiers named her Target.

She had even become a life-saving hero by sniffing out a suicide bomber on a military base. But, sadly, these dangers paled against the threat from a clerical error at a U.S. dog pound. An employee at the Pinal County facility was today on administrative leave after euthanizing the shepherd mix by mistake.

‘When it comes to euthanizing an animal, there are some clear-cut procedures to follow,’ said Ruth Stalter, director of the Animal Care And Control centre.
‘Based on my preliminary investigation, our employee did not follow those procedures.’

Sgt. Terry Young, the owner of the dog, told The Arizona Republic, ‘I just can’t believe that something like this would happen to such a good dog.’

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