Questions Have Been Raised About Lives of Working Dogs After Military Service

Airman and their military working dogs from the 11th Security Forces Group perform a ruck march around Joint Base Andrews, Md. Aug. 8, 2012, the Airmen are getting the MWD acclimated to walking long distances and still performing their duties, before they are deployed downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Perry Aston)

Service members who had hoped to adopt the working dogs they served alongside are up in arms. A report said that many are finding out the dogs have reportedly been adopted by civilians.

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A New York Post investigation found one soldier waited three years to adopt his partner, a black lab named Oogie. The then-active-duty soldier said Oogie has simply vanished.

The action flies in the face of a 2000 law. It was enacted to make sure that soldiers and their families can adopt the retired dogs.

Many of these service members say a North Carolina-based contracting company, K2 Solutions, is ignoring the soldiers’ requests and “dumping” the dogs into civilian life. The service members say they have been given little information about the whereabouts of their former partners. They claim the company is deliberately misdirecting them.

Is there an underground market for the dogs?

At least one serviceman said yes.

“Ninety dogs adopted out, at the same time, under suspicious circumstances?” Ryan Henderson told the Post. “Subcontractors are literally another layer of insulation to cover the BS.”

Henderson has been looking for his former canine partner since 2014.

K2 says the dogs belong to the Army. The company is directing service member handlers to contact the Army for information about the dogs.


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