Monday morning (3/14/2011) "Morning Express with Robin Meade" welcomed two retired military contractor dogs, Ivy and Nugget, onto the set. After their service sniffing out explosives in Iraq, these pups and many others need homes.
The official press release from the group that brought Ivy and Nugget to the states is below... if you are interested in providing these heroes a place to retire keep reading:
SPCA International Announces U.S. Arrival of 7 Heroic Working Dogs from Iraq
In an emotional journey, several dogs that worked tirelessly as contractors in Iraq for the U.S. Military and Coalition Forces are arrived in America this week for adoption after their many years of service in Iraq. The dogs worked primarily in the ‘Green Zone’ where they sniffed out explosives in vehicles at checkpoints, in military bases and buildings, at the airport and in hotels where Americans stayed while on business in Baghdad. Some of the dogs worked in land mine detection as well.
“We are extremely happy to be able to give these wartime heroes a new life in loving, caring homes after all their years of service in Iraq,” said Terri Crisp of the SPCA International (www.spcai.org). “These animals played an important and noble role protecting civilians and military personnel in Iraq and they deserve a comfortable retirement filled with love.”
The seven working dogs originally come from South Africa where they were trained before being relocated to Iraq where they worked for a security contractor based in Baghdad. One of the dogs’ biggest discoveries while in service came when they found a rocket at the Al Mansour Hotel in Baghdad where several Americans and members of the media were staying at the time of the detection. It is believed the dogs’ discovery may have saved hundreds of lives.
The dogs were retired from service at a typical age for service animals of their kind. Late in 2010, SPCA International learned that these American heroes were living in solitary dog runs with little hope of a happy future. Since then, SPCA International supporters have rallied around the dogs donating funds to help bring them to the United States and collecting over 7,000 signatures in support of their safe return.
The dogs range in age from 5 years old to 8. They are all in good health, except for one dog, Nugget, whose epilepsy forced his early retirement. All are very well-trained and behaved. Currently, three of the seven dogs have adoptive homes awaiting their arrival, but SPCA International is still looking for the right homes for the remaining four. People interested in giving these wartime heroes an honorable retirement in a loving home can email SPCA International at firstname.lastname@example.org to enter the screening process.
For more information, go to www.spcai.org.