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'Hero' Army dogs could be put down if they're not re-homed

Two "hero" Army dogs could be put down if new homes aren't found for them.

Kevin and Dazz saved countless lives in Afghanistan, but could have lethal injections this week.

The Belgian Shepherds worked with troops to locate explosives in Helmand Province.

The dogs are currently at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, where they have been working with trainees since retiring.

Kevin, pictured, and Dazz could have the lethal injection this week. Credit: Cpl Lu Scott RLC

A petition has now been launched to save the dogs, which has reached more than 360,000 signatures.

Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan has joined the campaign to save them. He said:

These are hero dogs who have fought fearlessly alongside our soldiers.

Let us now be the ones to fight for them and give them a chance to live happy lives where they can thrive. It is the least they deserve.

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.

I have written to MOD ministers personally to ask for a reprieve and am awaiting a response.

– Sir Alan Duncan

An MOD spokesperson said:

Wherever possible, we endeavour to re-home them (dogs) at the end of their service life.

Sadly, there are some occasions where this is not possible.