June 29th, 2012
10:58 PM ET

Military dogs classified as 'equipment'

A bill could ensure military working dogs return home and receive care after serving the country overseas.

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  1. Joyce

    First, Did GSA purchase the dogs for the military and classify them as "equipment" or did the Army do such? Secondly, What happens or happened to the dog whose partner was killed, wounded or separated are from each other? I'm quite sure there's many a person here in the states (or anywhere) who would support and supply a home for a canine who lost his/her partner. Legislator: please keep us informed.

    July 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  2. Marlow M.

    How dare they call a living thing "equipment" ... thats utter blasphemy! I've seen a war dog memorial to the ones who serve and now I hear this? The dogs who serve our country are soldiers among their human soldiers. They serve! Simple as that and unlike humans who put their lives on the line ... its humans who put the dogs life on the line and they deserve our heart. The dogs have a talent for smell no human can even get close to. They serve and so they need the same assistance and should be sent back to the States as their humans. They are American and should be sent back when their duty is over. And I'm proud that at least Americans speak out on animal cruelty and what is right unlike some other backward countries who treat animals worse.

    All this money yet its hard to give Universal health care to all Americans and American animals at vets. To our returning veterans. Its pathetic. We need to stop this now.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  3. Joan

    Could you please keep us informed as to what bill will be presented so we can look it over and write our reps?

    July 4, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  4. Zenia

    seriously who could possibly be against this if a dog saves your life it deserves to live out its remaining years comfortably. If i go hit a police dog i go to jail for assaulting an officer,so why should military dogs be treated like equiptment

    July 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  5. pat s

    i cant believe we dont bring them home. what are we barbarians. step up usa government and do the right thing. where is the aspca stand on this. they r equipment i dont believe this. do the right thing and pass legislation to bring them home.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  6. reatha l. smith

    P;ease broadcast/publish information to support legilation to bring these military dogs home. As a people, with tax money, we should provide transportation and relocation for these animals that have saved soldiers' lives.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  7. Mary

    Man is putting their "Best Friend's" in the most dangerous situations.
    This demonstrates that the dog is man's true "Best Friend".
    Anything less than major honors for these brave dog-soldiers is embarrassing.
    They are Not equipment they are heroes!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  8. Howard

    Its time this country did things that are just the right thing to do. I have never owned a dog and, for many years of my life, was actually afraid of them. This is an issue that just makes sense. Since it is illogical to think of these dogs as equipment, the corollary must be to think of them as soldiers of a different kind. They save lives of those who risk their own. I am totally in favor of bringing these animals home as heros.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  9. Cathy Rattu

    Thankyou for backing this. It's the right thing to do for the dogs who served and the soldiers who work with them. If we don't value living creatures and protect them from suffering, what are we fighting for?

    July 3, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  10. Sally

    Kristen is right. Thank you.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  11. james fields

    I'm quite sure the Gov't paid to ship these dogs over there, and they should bring these dogs back home , just like our men and women who go over there. Perhaps Animal rights advocates should get involved in this and show just how cruel our gov't is and to think our men and women have trouble getting medical care when they return!
    Shame on our country!

    July 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  12. Holly

    Chris Lawrence, what a beautiful story about bringing home our military soldier dogs, until you compared them to trucks. SERIOUSLY not cool. No, as a tax payer I don't want to pay to move a truck overseas, but a soldier who worked out in the field, saving lives...I would gladly pay above and beyond my tax money. You don't speak for me. These dogs are not trucks.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  13. Kristen

    How or where can we experse our support of this topic to congress?
    I don't think people are aware of this issue and would be upset if they knew how these brave "soldies" were being classified. Like so many, these dogs are more than just an animal, they are a companion and hero. They need to be given the honor and love just as the humans who are fighting to protect our freedom!

    July 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  14. Ed Morton

    I think it is the obligation of the U.S. government to bring these "soldiers" home. These dogs put their lives on the line to save our men and women every day. They are as much soldiers as our men and women. Ask any soldier who works and handles them. To be classified as "equipment" turns my stomach. How many of our men and women have had their lives saved because of these brave animals. To leave these animals behind is a slap in the face to any soldier who has had his or her life saved because of what these dogs do.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  15. Becky

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing this important subject to the masses.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:24 am |