Army dogs, who’ve served in Afghanistan and are responsible for saving thousands of lives will be put down because they can’t be rehomed.
However, former handlers and soldiers who’ve served alongside the faithful Belgian Shepherds, have written to the commanding officer at the Defence Animal Centre to have the decision reversed.
Heroic canines, Kevin and Dazz, have been retired for ‘several years’ now, after being sent into the field to sniff and search improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
After years of faithful service in the line of duty, both dogs – who are nine-years-old – will be put down as they cannot ‘be rehomed safely’, report The Sun.
Despite experienced handlers offering to take the brave dogs, Army chiefs are refusing, saying they aren’t safe to be rehomed.
Speaking to The Mirror, one dog handler said:
Sadly there are occasions where this is not possible. This is such a cruel way to treat these animals that have given us so much.
People who worked closely with these dogs are devastated at the plans — they’ve begged to save them all. It’s such a cruel way to treat animals that have given so much.
A spokesperson for The Army said:
Wherever possible we endeavour to rehome military working dogs.
Sadly, there are occasions where this is not possible.
Ex-SAS-operative-turned-best-selling-author Andy McNab, who started the online petition to not destroy the heroic dogs, says the loyal canine’s have saved his life on more than one occasion.
In the petition he says:
Plans to put down hero service dogs Kevin, Dazz and Driver are in place to happen next week.
Experienced handlers have come forward to say they want to house the much-loved dogs, who have helped save hundreds of lives.
Kevin and Dazz served in Afghanistan where they searched for explosives and Driver worked for the police force. Service dogs have saved my life on numerous occasions.
We have a duty to save them – in Afghanistan when I was on a patrol, the dogs found an IED in front of us, I was number three in line, I was very, very lucky to survive.
Dogs like Kevin, Dazz and Driver are an asset when they are serving but even more of an asset when they’re retired. We owe them every chance possible to be housed and not killed.
The controversial decision comes off the back of Belgian Malinois Mali being awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, after identifying IED’s during the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In 2012 A report from The Mirror discovered 807 Army dogs had been put down over the past decade despite bravely serving in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you’d like to sign the petition to save dogs like Kevin, Dazz and Driver please click here.