Target, the dog who survived Afghan war and melted hearts on Oprah, mistakenly put down at Arizona animal shelter
NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Target, another victim of global speciesism …
Sadly and angeringly, a global society that apathetically kills sixty billion animals annually should expect children to be victimized as well, regardless of lack of intent or unobserved protocols. Kill shelters co-exist, side-by-side, with slaughterhouses, breeders, circuses, vivisectors, and furriers. The world for our companion children is built by the same architects of such … SR
Update November 20: Sacking after war-hero dog put down
From The Daily Mail
Target the dog lived through explosions in war-torn Afghanistan, saved the lives of U.S. soldiers and was featured on Oprah – but she couldn’t survive a brief stay at an Arizona animal shelter.
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.’
Target and two other dogs, Rufus and Sasha, were mutts who befriended soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, who began to feed them and treated the canines as pets on the military base.
One night in February a suicide bomber came to the base in the middle of the night, wearing 25 pounds of explosives and intent on killing Americans.
Hero dog from Afghanistan mistakenly killed in animal shelter
September 2010 file: Hero dog saves US troops in Afghanistan
The three dogs frightened, barked at and bit the bomber, scaring him and waking the sleeping soldiers in the process. Deterred, the terrorist detonated himself outside instead of coming in.
The lives of 50 soldiers were potentially spared because of the dogs’ actions.
Sasha was killed, but Target and Rufus lived. Medics treated the injured dogs like soldiers and the two were saved.
Only five soldiers were injured in the bombing and all recovered.
Sgt. Young said the dogs was treated like royalty from then on at the base at Dand Patan, near the Pakistan border.
With the help of aid groups, Sgt. Young brought Target to the San Tan Valley area south-east of Phoenix in August, when he returned home from his tour of duty. Rufus went to live with another soldier in Georgia.
Target was featured on Oprah in September in a show about amazing animals.
On Friday of last week the dog escaped from the family’s backyard. Sgt. Young then put out notices and contacted TV stations that did reports on the missing dog.
A neighbour found Target wandering later that day and put her in his backyard and called the shelter. The dog did not have a microchip or tag.
On Friday night, Sgt. Young found Target’s picture on a website used by Pinal County’s dog catchers to help owners track lost pets. He thought 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.
County officials say the employee mistakenly took the dog out of (her) pen Monday morning and euthanized (her).
‘My four-year-old son just can’t understand what is going on with Target and keeps asking me to get the poison out of her and bring her home. They don’t want her to go be with God yet,’ a teary Sgt. Young told the local CBS TV station.
The Arizona Republic said Sgt. Young and his family will get (Target’s) cremated remains.
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target there just are not words to say
how sad we are, that your life
was taken away
that you, another innocent victim
of shelter skelter
……what happened to the
definition of shelter
a hero who saved the life of man
had hers robbed,
by their careless hands
Karen Lyons Kalmenson