Soldiers are some of the most courageous people on the entire planet. They put their own lives on the line for the sake of their nation. Since they are often sent to far-off lands for dangerous missions, they are forced to stay away from their loved ones. But you rarely see them complain. Our brothers and sisters in the military deserve all the respect in the world. And so do the canines that work in the army.
Dogs are very intelligent animals and are easily trainable. As a result, you can teach them to do almost anything. Which is one of the reasons they are employed in the military. Sadly, when these dogs retire, they are usually neglected. Reports have surfaced about canine war heroes being mistreated by the US Army after they were discharged from the military.
An investigation was started when soldiers who had handled the dogs complained about their fate. Army personnel state that once the dogs were returned to the USA, some of them were left in kennels for 11 months without care and attention, while some of them were euthanized. That is heart-breaking, considering everything they did for the country.
The dog in the video below might have had a similar fate, but her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, stepped in to her rescue. U.S. military combat dog, Layka, was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range while serving in Afghanistan. The brave pooch attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team, despite her injuries. She had to undergo seven hours of surgery, and sadly, lost one of her legs to amputation. McDonald fought hard to adopt her, and now, Layka is a part of his family