Dozens of British Army dogs have been put down for being 'worn out'
These animals were not suffering any medical issue or injury and were simply killed due to being no longer able to “carry out their duties” for the British Army, it has been revealed.
Since 2013, 45 dogs have been killed in this manner – along with around 200 others who had been hurt in the line of duty and put out of their misery.
Hundreds of these dogs served in Afghanistan and Iraq, sniffing out explosives or protecting troops.
Animal rights activists are now furious after a Freedom of Information request revealed the extent to which these brave canines were being put down despite being in good health.
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Elisa Allen of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said: “Dogs in military service are conscripted to risk their lives, they’re not volunteers.
“They should have their own Chelsea Pensioners home and, where possible, receive end of service care. For canine recruits who fail to reach a certain standard, a thank you is in order – not a lethal injection.”
Dogs have served in the British Army in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said dogs were usually only put down if they were deemed a risk to the public.
He said: “Military working dogs play an important role in our Armed Forces and, while most are re-homed at the end of their service life, in a minority of cases a vet may sadly take the decision to euthanase if the animal is deemed a risk to the public and has no further chance of treatment.”
45 British Army dogs have been put down for being 'worn out' since 2013
Last year it was revealed a military attack dog helped save an SAS team from 50 heavily-armed Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis.
A military source said: “The Alsatian was with the team in a training role but when the troops came under fire it was desperate to get involved.
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"It could sense the tension and had an overpowering urge to protect it's handler and the other troops.
“When the dog was unleashed it went after the greatest threat without consideration for its own safety – this is what they are trained to do.
Last year an attack dog saved an SAS team from an ISIS ambush
"A snarling Alsatian running at you is very frightening and probably not something the jihadis had encountered.
"The dog did its job and returned to its handler worth its tail wagging."
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