Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz spent years putting their lives on the line for their fellow soldiers. They were both trained to sniff out IEDs and protect others from harm and they performed their job wonderfully. They are now able to retire, but apparently for military dogs, retirement isn't always the best option.
Kevin and Dazz didn't have a home to go to, so their commanding officer had ordered them to be put down. Obviously this did not go over well, and their handlers were furious with the news. "There’s no protocol to decide if a dog is put down. The commanding officer decides and that’s it. It’s such a cruel way to treat animals that have given so much."
But the people who actually were responsible for the dogs weren't going to let this happen. "We’ll do anything to save these dogs. We’ll go to Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson if need be."
The Army spokesman said that, "Wherever possible we endeavor to rehome military working dogs. Sadly there are occasions where this is not possible.” But the people who loved the dogs weren't satisfied with the answer and kept working to find a solution. Even Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan stepped in to try and help these dogs find new homes.
Duncan said that these dogs had "fought fearlessly alongside our soldiers... Let us now be the ones to fight for them and give them a chance to live happy lives where they can thrive. It is the least they deserve."