British Government Euthanizes 800 War Dogs

807 brave dogs who served on the front lines with British soldiers have paid the ultimate price for their service.

The scandal was revealed after government officials confirmed the figures in response to Freedom of Information requests from the Daily Mirror. Saying that many of the dogs are too fierce to be retrained as pets, the UK government has been quietly killing them off in droves. Ironically, the dogs survived the dangers of war only to die from the prick of a vet’s needle, and dog lovers worldwide are mourning their loss while demanding answers.

Of the 807 dogs killed in the past decade, the majority were put down after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense said twenty canines were euthanized in 2002: that figure rose to 89 in 2003 when the Second Gulf War began. 95 dogs were killed in 2006, but the worst year for British war dogs was 2009, when 125 of them were put down.

Labour MP Kerry McCarthy called the practice a tragedy. “This is shocking. It seems a great shame that animals are destroyed in this way. We need to make sure that every effort is made to find them new homes.”

The Ministry of Defense claims that more recent euthanizations were prompted by behavioral issues or old age, and that sniffer dogs do typically retire with their handlers. But in a recent statement, a government spokesperson admitted that retraining is considered ineffective for many dogs, who are often ‘too dangerous’ be rehomed.

The Dogs Trust, one of the largest and most respected British animal welfare organizations, has issued a strong statement against the ‘premature euthanasia’ of working dogs when retired, and said that every effort to rehome the dogs should be made before taking their lives.

A concerned reader has created a petition to urge the British government to reconsider the euthanization of war dogs. Should you wish to sign it, you may do so here: Ministry of Defense and David Cameron: Stop the killing of War Dogs







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    April 7, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michele

    How sad!

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    April 7, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    :( boo!!!! And how sad

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    April 7, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ma Teresa

    why ??? why ???

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    April 7, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    So wrong

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  • April 7, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    Why? Why? Why?

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      April 23, 2012 7:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Pamela

      Dollars dollars dollars.

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        May 9, 2012 1:15 amPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        pounds darling

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  • April 7, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pennie

    sickening!

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  • April 7, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cora

    what!? I would take one myself! That’s crazy.

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    April 7, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sedatemink

    shared :( ((

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Heather

    :’(

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jordana

    Can’t even read this…

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ma Teresa

    those that are able to be rehabilated should be allowed to be adopted !!!

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Loz

    so very sad and very wong

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tony

    why do we have such freakin morons running things? this is disgusting.

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cathy

    This sucks so bad!! >^..^<

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  • April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Margelie

    a very sad news :(

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynda

    JHC!!! What is wrong with those darn Brits? Ever hear of, ‘adoption?”‘ This is just so WRONG!!!!

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    April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeany

    disgusting and so wrong.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracey

    stupid… poor dogs.. stupid humans !

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    April 7, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Diane

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    April 7, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    What happened to “Thank you” ???

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  • April 7, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Manuel

    That is so Terrible…Yeah…Perform and help your country and look what awaits you…A terrible end…

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    April 7, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Evil and disgusting!!!!!!

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    April 7, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    Are you sure this is true?

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      April 16, 2012 6:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Yes it is true. Unfortunately.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    Y, thats sooo wrong… Mans best friend…

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    April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Liz

    That is just outrageous. Surely some of the soldiers who worked with those dogs would have taken them.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathleen

    dislike

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    April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Danielle

    So sad. There are too many people that would love to adopt those dogs.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Larry

    In the US they have wonderful rehab programs for war dogs.

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    April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynda

    why???

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    April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Very wrong!!

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    April 7, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joanne

    This is just WRONG!

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    April 7, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Matt

    It’s easy to sign a document giving an order. I’m sure it would be different if you not only had to sign that document, but you had to be the one the put each animal down….one at a time. Let’s see how detached someone could be then.

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    April 7, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mike

    I WILL NOT NIT THE LIKE ON THIS MESS…MADS AS HELL OVER THIS… IT IS NOT RIGHT….

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  • April 7, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maresa

    Where I don’t like this, these dogs are NOT the common house hold pet and should NOT be in a “pet” home. They are working dogs and come from working lines. The typical pet home is NOT a proper place for these dogs.

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      April 9, 2012 12:05 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      At last a sensible comment.

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      April 9, 2012 10:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Most of those dogs can be retrained…its just a matter of money and time…come on, give me a break!

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      April 10, 2012 7:53 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Maresa I agree with you but they need to at least spend the money to build some sort of kennel or other facility to house the ones that can’t be rehabilitated, find homes for the ones who can’t and go from there. I dont know, maybe they should have offered to build home kennels for the soldier that the dog served with. They probably don’t want to spend that money. It always comes down to money. It’s too bad they don’t plan these things out better ahead of time.

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      April 16, 2012 6:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      We adopted a highly aggressive retired MWD and he most certainly fit right into our home which includes a child, they CAN fit into a pet home..

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    April 7, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kym

    The article says : BRITISH. I have read about the dogs here and i have never ever heard that our military in the US puts these dogs down. I think it is wrong though. I believe these dogs could be adopted by THEIR soldier. Or another military family.

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    April 7, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Charlie

    The United States can’t retire it’s dogs fast enough to meet demand. MilitaryWorkingDogAdoptions.com can help you if you want to wait and adopt these guys.

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    April 7, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fran

    What is this all about. And the community said “Nothing…. What is wrong with this picture? EVERYTHING

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  • April 7, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    Pathetic!
    I am sure there were 807 grateful, loving families who would have welcomed them into their homes, and given them the retirement they deserved. Our four legged heros should be treasured!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michael

    Shame on the Brits!

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      April 8, 2012 2:57 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      “Shame on the Brits?”. All of us?!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Hillary

    It’s terrible how many humans have no value for life other than in the forced fight for the “human” life. What they forget, is ALL life is valuable! Humans need to stop speciesism and focus on the value that ALL life provides!

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    April 7, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeffrey

    Even canine vets get treated like shit! They all deserve MUCH better, That is NUTS!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Penny

    Bless this mess dear god

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    April 7, 2012 8:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sean

    So flippin’ horrible.

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    April 7, 2012 8:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sedatemink

    Most prob too traumatised and cant live a normal life anymore Poor dogs :( (((

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      April 9, 2012 4:43 amPosted 2 years ago
      MKAhlsen

      Police dogs here in the USA are trained to be “vicious” when necessary but generally are retired to their handlers’ homes. Many see horrible things, particularly those working inner cities where violence is rampant. They are exposed to gunfire, fights, riots, drugs, etc. yet they can live out their retirements in the loving homes they deserve. The K-9 handlers I have met would not even consider allowing their canine partners to be put down simply because it is more convenient or cheaper for the department/government and would actually be insulted by the mere suggestion. I had one live a couple of houses down a few years back and saw the respect everyone showed that dog until the day he died. Why can’t the UK military do the same?

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    April 7, 2012 8:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fernanda

    i cant even read it is so disturbing…they are heroes that served their country and shouldl be entittled to find a good home for retirement…im sure many military families like my self woudl give any of these heroes a home

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  • April 7, 2012 8:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marty

    BASTARDS

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  • April 7, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    Why are there so many “like”s to this? There is NOTHING to like about this!!!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ronald

    Sad

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    April 7, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jimmie

    Typical government s**t. Interesting how they ask why we don’t believe/trust them.

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    April 7, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ken

    I’m willing to bet most of these dogss could easily be retired home with their former handlers – then socialised to a civilian footing. Seeems to work (when it is allowed to) for the US

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    April 7, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mike Zona

    thats fucking bullshit!!!!!!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    William

    Thats is a Monarchship for you.A bunch of aholes right to the queen a-hole!!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bonita

    If this is true, shame on them!!!

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    April 7, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yoko

    Very sad… disgusting…

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  • April 7, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rosemary

    Nasty little buggers..the Brit Gov…hard enough to get a service dog back even in the US…thrilled to see the reunion between the Marine Sgt and HER dog..after 2 YRS of fooling around with red tape .what a waste of time..should have flown the dog to her..!

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    April 7, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    Disgusting

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    April 7, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    That sucks:(

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  • April 7, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tina

    It’s a MANS war. But they’ll drag poor animals in to it…

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    April 7, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Why?

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  • April 7, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Winda

    why is it that human couldnt give such a gratitude to those dogs…they are war heroes too. i wonder why…dogs could give their freewill loyalty…something that not all human could appreciate it :( …so unfair

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    April 7, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chea

    Dear Lord, why?????????

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  • April 7, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicki

    That is so wrong and very sad. What is wrong with these people

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  • April 7, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Becky

    That’s tragic.

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    April 7, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Adri

    Piece of Sh

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    April 7, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Denise

    This is not right.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Suzanne

    Sad…just very sad… And oh, so very wrong…

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  • April 7, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Latifa

    :-(

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    April 7, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rebecca Swartz

    The people who made the decision to do this are a bunch of lazy, shiftless cowards. Those dogs served their country, did what was asked of them, as much as any soldier, and they were rewarded with death. Way to go, British government. Patriotic, my ass.

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    April 7, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    Oh that is terrible…..do they do the same to the soldiers! They need to set up a foster care arrangement; I would take one into my home and treat him with the care and respect that is expected from return soldiers…..shame on you!!!

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    April 7, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sara

    This is DISGRACEFUL!!!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Iris

    This is how a country treats its heroes? This is sickening. Here in the US, I don’t know about military dogs, but police dogs are retired and live the rest of their life with their handlers. Those dogs could have gone to wonderful families who would have loved to have them.

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    April 7, 2012 8:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    WTF? Sad commentary on those that do so.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vassil

    So sad

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  • April 7, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gayle

    Wow I so hate that!! As by my pic I am an advocate for rescue dogs….grrrrrr

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    April 7, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Adrian

    Bloody disgusting ! can`t see how all these dogs are vicious after spending all their lives working so closely with man , more likely euthanasia is the easiest and cheapest option ! Shame on the UK !

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  • April 7, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Connie

    Thats poor example of humanity!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Filomena

    They should be ashamed of themselves grrr makes me so mad.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Machelle

    pathetic…………….

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  • April 7, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wioletta

    all the f…..g politicians and government people should be euthanized!!!! not the dogs!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Magenta

    wtf???

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    April 7, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Aileen

    Maybe the bloody British government need to be euthanized!!!!

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      April 11, 2012 12:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I agree !!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pat

    Bloody Governments are the same the world over, they could bring the fogs home with their handlers, people are soulless now, no regard for animals

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  • April 7, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pat

    Dogs oops

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    April 7, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennie

    This is just HEARTBREAKING!!!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sara

    DISLIKE!

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    April 7, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathy

    Outrageous …

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  • April 7, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicki

    That is so wrong and very sad. What is wrong with these people. So very, very sad:(:(

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  • April 7, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Trina

    I am absolutely disgusted by this. I am British and not so proud of what i have just read, I am also a very proud dog owner that has just adopted a rescue dog to live aside my other dog and our family, the dog i have adopted has had a previous bad owner, but this is outrageous and bloody disgusting. British Government F***ing stinks at the moment. Makes me sick to the stomach :(

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      April 9, 2012 8:28 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Check the dates 2002-2009!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Magenta

    WTF????? grrrrr

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    April 7, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jenny

    Disgusting.

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    April 7, 2012 8:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marie

    Horrible

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    April 7, 2012 8:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Victoria

    this is a total lack of respect for the dogs. I am furious with any country that would do that. Including the US

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  • April 7, 2012 8:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

    This is the absolute worst!

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    April 7, 2012 8:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marion

    So dreadfully unfair and thankless to these wonderful canine heroes.

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  • April 7, 2012 8:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandra

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    April 7, 2012 8:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    wow this is beyond f***ed up

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    April 7, 2012 8:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rhoda

    And we trust these people to make decisions about the lives ofour sons and daughters?

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    April 7, 2012 8:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kerry

    :o (
    very saddened to hear that, these dogs are just as much heros as any human!!!

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  • April 7, 2012 8:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ruth

    :’( so sad

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  • April 7, 2012 8:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joan

    Why??

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