New Law: All Military Working Dogs Can Retire on U.S. Soil

The provision was part of a defense spending bill signed into law by President Obama.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush gets a kiss from his dog, Xarius. By: DVIDSHUB
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush gets a kiss from his dog, Xarius. By: DVIDSHUB

For years, most military working dogs from the United States were forced to remain overseas upon their retirement from service — even when their human comrades wanted to adopt them.

But all that has changed, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Frank LoBiondo, a New Jersey Republican, and Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, who introduced a provision to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. That bill was signed into law 2 weeks ago by President Obama.

The dedicated dogs who help fight battles can now begin their second act as pets back on U.S. soil when their work is done. Their handlers will have the option and the right to adopt them.

This is a great step forward for our military dogs, who have saved many lives — an estimated 150-200 human lives are saved by each dog.

Source: Good News Network

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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