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Canine enthusiasts were outraged by the article submitted by Douglas Montero in the June 30th National Enquirer about The Sick Slaughter of American Hero Hounds! The outrage was not focused on the author of the article but the content.

Ordinarily when people hear something has been published in The National Enquirer, they take it with a grain of salt, however, this article is right on the money. If you have any doubt, all you have to do is talk to Save-A-Vet volunteers and they will confirm that many working dogs of the military have been euthanized after their tour is complete simply because they are considered to be strictly 'Military Equipment.'

If we compare this scenario with the fact abortion is legal but if a person kills a pregnant mother, they are charged with a double homicide, we can draw a parallel. Some laws are set up for convenience where others are to protect.

Of course military working dogs (MWDs) appear vicious. Many of these dogs have saved countless lives by throwing themselves into dangerous situations. Case in point is the story about the MWD that appeared in last month's National Geographic. These dogs may appear vicious to ordinary people, but they are willing to die to protect their handlers and other fellow soldiers!

That is why people in and around Illinois are grateful for the Save-A-Vet organization. They are a one-of-a-kind organization that takes in MWDs after their service has past; whether they have served in war or for various police or fire departments. They believe these dogs are heroes and deserve a life after their life of service. Never once have they compared the life of these dogs to that of 'military equipment.'

The fact is that Save-A-Vet is able to pair many of these dogs with homeless veterans that they place in housing (without any strings attached!). The soldier dog and the retired soldier are then able to help one another through various issues that many soldiers have after the war - such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). In fact, they have been quite successful on that front, too!

Just because these dogs may or may not be able to be placed in a family consistent of small children, does not in any way shape or form mean that there is not a home that these dogs belong in. They deserve a life after their life of service.

It is great that The National Enquirer actually published an article that brought the truth to light. It is even better that someone is doing something even bigger about this issue. This July 4th, if you want to do something to show your respect for our servicemen or women, contact Save-A-Vet and see what you can do for them - the only organizations helping both people and retired military working dogs.

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