To the Editor:
All dogs have souls, and K-9 units are service animals with a special job to do for our police and military.
At a signal or command, K-9 dogs will put their lives on the line, exemplifying their instinctive credo – protect, honor, serve – and explaining why people in uniform will go to a dog’s funeral and drape a flag over the casket.
A dog put in front of service personnel is physically faster to the situation and unleashes more fury, and they’d do it again even though dogs get post-traumatic stress disorder, too.
My opinion is to have the maximum penalty for killing a K-9 with a proper handler.
A K-9 is a four-legged, first response police officer. A K-9 in battle is another soldier who has traveled a long way from home.
It is currently a challenge for veteran handlers and service members to bring their dogs home with them once the dogs have concluded their service, but I can’t imagine leaving them vulnerable in a fighting area. This isn’t Rin Tin Tin we’re talking about here.
We Americans need to bring all our own dogs home free with the soldiers who handled them, if possible, or with that outfit.
Please write your House and Senate Veteran Committees to validate the dogs’ status in American society where they belong. Our dogs come home.