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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A story that will ruin your Tuesday evening: hero dog accidentally euthanized

Back in late July, the AJC printed an utterly heartwarming story about injured Army Guardsman Christopher Duke's reunion with two dogs he says saved him from a suicide bomber in Afghanistan several months earlier.

A non-profit called Hope for Warriors arranged for the two pooches — Rufus and Target — to be flown from Paktia to Kabul to Pakistan to New York and finally to Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. Duke, who lives about an hour-and-a-half southwest of Atlanta in Franklin, GA, kept Rufus, and Target was taken to Arizona where she was adopted by a medic who was also saved when the dogs frightened a suicide bomber.

Well, Target might have been better off in Afghanistan than Arizona.

After escaping her backyard and being sent to the pound, Target was accidentally euthanized by an incompetent shelter worker. From the AJC:

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."
Young brought Target to the San Tan Valley area southeast of Phoenix in August, when he returned home from his tour of duty.
The dog escaped from the family's back yard Friday. Young put out online notices and contacted TV stations that did reports on the missing hero dog.
A neighbor found Target wandering later Friday, put her in his back yard and called the pound. The dog did not have a microchip or tag.
On Friday night, Young found Target's picture on a website used by Pinal County's dog catchers to help owners track lost pets. Young figured the shelter was closed for the night and weekend.
He showed up at the shelter in Casa Grande to claim his dog on Monday, only to find out she was dead.

Well, I want to die. You?

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