Sacking after war-hero dog put down
Published 20/11/2010 | 00:30
A worker at a US animal shelter who put down a war-hero dog which was not scheduled to be destroyed has been fired, officials said.
The unidentified employee at the Animal Care and Control facility in Casa Grande, Pinal County, Arizona, was placed on administrative leave after destroying the mongrel bitch by mistake on Monday.
The dog, named Target, was taken to Arizona by Sergeant Terry Young after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. He said the animal had been praised for thwarting an attack by a suicide bomber.
But she escaped from Sgt Young's back yard last weekend and did not have a tag or microchip.
Sgt Young later found Target's picture on a website used by the county's dog catchers to help owners track lost pets.
He arrived at the shelter on Monday to claim her, only to find her dead.