News has come through that Target, a female shepherd mix who was credited with saving soldiers in Afghanistan from a suicide bomber, was killed this week. She went missing from Sergeant Terry Young’s home in Arizona and an employee at the animal shelter where she was being held did not follow procedures and euthanised her. The employee has since been fired.
Target is not the first dog that has befriended soldiers at war. With conflict still occurring around the world, I hope she will not be the last.
In my newsletter, I’ve previously reviewed a wonderful book from Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman about Lava, a dog he met in Iraq and worked to bring to the United States. You can buy From Baghdad with Love from Amazon.com
Lieutenant Colonel Kopelman subsequently authored From Baghdad to America: Life after War for a Marine and His Rescued Dog