Arizona has been making a lot of people mad
lately, a streak that's
likely continue now that the Pinal County animal shelter has accidentally euthanized Target, the Afghan dog who became a media
sensation and went to live with a nice family with a big yard after she foiled
a suicide bomber's attack on an Afghan-U.S. military base in February.
The New York Times has the whole awful story
but it seems Target was taken to the pound after escaping from her yard
last Friday, where her picture was posted to the county website along
with that of other strays. Her new family--recognizing their famous war hero
dog--paid her recovery fee online and went down to the shelter to pick
her up, only to learn upon arriving that "the shelter employee in charge
of euthanizing animals that day had apparently picked the wrong dog out
of the pen and administered a lethal injection, performing what the
shelter referred to as 'P.T.S.,' or put to sleep."
family is understandably heartbroken. "My 4-year-old keeps saying:
‘Daddy, bring Target home. Daddy, get the poison out,’" Sergeant Terry
Young--Target's adopted human father--told the Times in a phone
We'll forgive you if the room you're in just got
particularly dusty. Look at this picture
of Putin and Yorgo
and try to feel better.
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