Wednesday, November 17, 2010



Target, American Hero Dog.

Target, a dog who saved U.S. soldier's lives in Afghanistan - was accidentally euthanized yesterday at an Arizona animal shelter.

The dog had escaped from his backyard over the weekend. Target’s owner, Sgt. Terry Young, found out his dog had been killed when he showed up at the shelter to claim her.

The county is investigating the accidental euthanization at its Casa Grande shelter.

In Afghanistan, Target snapped and barked at a suicide bomber, who was trying to enter a building on a military base. The bomber instead set off his bomb in a doorway. Five soldiers were injured, several of whom credited Target with helping save their lives.

When he returned home, Young brought Target with him to his home in the Phoenix area.

Young said he found the gate to his backyard open on Friday morning, the day after Veterans Day.

Heather Murphy, a spokeswoman for Pinal County, said Target was found by a nearby resident, who put her in his backyard and called the pound.

Later that night Young saw Target’s picture on a website used by Pinal County’s animal control office, and, assuming the shelter was closed for the weekend, figured she would be safe until he could pick her up Monday.

When he arrived, he filled out some forms and a staff member brought him another dog. Young then showed the employee a picture of his dog. Then he waited for an hour.

According to the Republic, the director of the shelter told him there had been a mistake.

Mistake? OH HELL YEAH there's been a mistake! Here's an appropriate punishment: how about CASTRATION.



  1. I was there the night of 11 FEB. Target did save Joes that night, but she wasn't alone. Target had pups two days later.

  2. Just Damn! This story goes beyond sad.