FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Mar. 12, 2007) –DynCorp International employees helped rescue more than two dozenGerman Shepherds and Belgian Malinois that were recently retiredafter working in Afghanistan detecting mines.
The dogs belonged to the Mine Dog Center, an Afghan de-miningnon-governmental organization (NGO) that is supported and advisedby DynCorp International (DI) in mine-clearing operations sponsoredby the United States Department of State and the government ofAfghanistan.
After a certain number of years, a dog’s sense of smell is nolonger reliable enough to allow it to perform mine-clearanceoperations. Since people in Afghanistan do not generally keepdogs as pets, dogs that are retired from mine-clearance operationshave faced the prospect of euthanasia.
Lloyd Carpenter, a project manager for DynCorp International inthe Department of State’s Weapons Removal and Abatement Program inAfghanistan, saved the latest group of retired dogs from euthanasiaby placing them with expatriates in the country with theunderstanding that the new owners would take the dogs home withthem when they depart Afghanistan.
“The dogs performed a humanitarian service to clear landmines sothat humans wouldn’t lose life or limb. The companies thatwork with them should help get the dogs adopted and find a familyto live out the rest of their lives with, and reward the dogs fortheir service and loyalty,” said Mr. Carpenter.
This is the second group of mine-detection dogs DynCorpInternational employees have assisted. In 2006, DynCorpInternational technical advisors re-trained 18 mine dogs into otherspecialties.
This year, DynCorp International, the Mine Dog Center, and the UNMine Action Center – Afghanistan worked together to organize athree-day campaign in early March to find people willing to adoptthe dogs. The response was overwhelming, and there is now awaiting list of more than 500 willing adopters.
Even though there are plenty of volunteers for the adoption ofretired dogs, there are ways that concerned people may still help.Mr. Carpenter recommends that people who would like to help providenew mine dogs to mine-affected countries worldwide may make atax-deductable donation to the Marshall Legacy Institute.Information about the Marshall Legacy Institute and their effortsto donate mine-detection dogs can be found on their website at http://www.marshall-legacy.org.
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