While Duncan understands the level of care that must be taken with these highly trained dogs, he felt they deserved a chance. "Of course, it is of great importance that all military dogs are properly assessed before re-homing to ensure they do not pose a danger to civilians, but only in circumstances where such danger has been properly proven should they be put down."
After all the campaigning, they were finally able to convince Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson to agree to let the dogs live. He said, "I’ve instructed my department these dogs are to be saved. We’re talking with charities and looking at a program as to whether they can be re-housed with a handler in a more normal environment."
Hopefully this means that moving forward, other dogs will not have to face this same fate. "We’re going to ensure they have a golden future." Williamson said. "We’ll do everything we can to look after animals that form such an important part of the military family."
Their efforts to save these Army dogs have already helped another. A third dog named Driver, who was a former police dog, was also pardoned from death row as a direct result of the petition.
Hopefully this trend will continue, and we won't ever have to see these heroic dogs have their lives ended prematurely.