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Guess Who Suffers From PTSD

Written by PETA | August 3, 2010

Earlier this week, President Obama affirmed that U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq by the end of August “as promised and on schedule.” After reading this Associated Press story about a military dog who came home from Iraq “cowering and fearful,” I can only hope that President Obama will commit to withdrawing canine troops right away as well. They didn’t sign up, and no one can even explain to them why shells are going off and the ground is shaking.

When Gina, a 2-year-old German shepherd, was sent to Iraq to sniff out explosives, she was friendly and playful. But after months of explosions and door-to-door searches with tense soldiers, she returned home terrified of people and places. When her handlers took her into a new building, she slunk along the floor and tried to hide under furniture. Gina was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unbelievably, Gina’s handlers hope that she will recover enough to be able to resume “hazardous duty”! Sorry? What?




You can guess how many military dogs must be coming home traumatized. Humans picked this war—animals should be left out of it.

Written by Paula Moore

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  • Erica says:

    I’ve read this on yahoo news and have commented on it too. I really feel sorry for those dogs that have been sent to that war to sniff bombs. Dogs are so sensitive when it comes to big noises. Just some fireworks and they are already scared. What more when it comes to bomb? Probably they are more scared.Those soldiers have the right to choose to come or not but this dogs doesn’t have any choices but to come. Even if they don’t want they can’t do nothing about it . Maybe if this dogs can talk maybe they will beg their soldier ” friends” not to let them come along. Man choose wards those people in iraq doesn’t want it too. So why would this soldiers bring them alone. And for pete’s sake! They want her to recover to bring her in war again?!

  • rachael gorman says:

    the difference between sending a dog to war and a human is that it is the human choice to fight the war and risk life and limb in order to serve their country and it is very honourable of them. But an animal does not choose this i think animals have been used for long enough to aid humans and will always be used in one way or the other. But sending them to war to become traumatised and possibly turn on their handlers or owners when they return is too much to ask of them. Leave dogs out of war i say!!! Newfoundlands were nearly extinct due to being almost wiped out during WW2.

  • litany says:

    theres a way to help the dog the trainers adopt them and they get more spoild and more time with us and a few tuch ups and all done but we cant do any of the changes its the officers that have to make the diffrance are the up for the chalenge? sorry for the misspellings to lazy to fix them

  • Daniela Carpenter says:

    I’m a marine wife a vegan and a dog lover we are currently fostering five dogs for a rescue group. The military dogs are our heroes the military vet hospitals we use are adorned with their photos and they receive the best medical care you can imagine. Due to years of breeding these dogs are born almost instinctively knowing what their job is. Children in schools on military bases all get to watch the dogs in training and ask lots of questions it’s a wonderful experience to see the kids with these dogs. The dogs handlers are with them pretty much around the clock and often go home with them and are family pets in the evening others are kept in kennels. My last house looked onto a canyon where I could watch the marines working with their dogs in the mountains they get the attention that a normal family could never give to their dogs. My husband is currently stationed in Afghanistan and has emailed me about the dogs out there. They have saved numerous lives and are a constant source of joy and comfort to the service members. Many military personnel will seek out the dogs to play with them and hangout. My husband was recently in a combat zone with a beautiful black lab. who’s name I won’t mention. She came down with PTSD and the marines had a helicopter fly into a dangerous area and airlift her out. She was flown to a military vetinary tent and then flown to Germany for top notch surveillance and care. While it is not ideal to have dogs in a war zone they save lives and are deeply appreciated. The forces overseas are working on a lot of humanitarian issues in Afhganistan better conditions for women and children education. The brutally they show to their own dogs is horrific they cut their ears off and call them war dogs. Marines had to intervene as one national was literally beating his dog to death. There’s a big picture here and the military dogs are making it possible.

  • Erin Kennedy says:

    All military personnel should be treated as heroesincluding our beloved canines.They serve us well!!!

  • Carolyn Baker says:

    I hope we can stop them for being used at all but for God’s sake they shouldn’t have to go back. They are in fact the property of the Army etc. So they need to be deprogrammed and discharged…and the govt should find wonderful suitable homes for them andor there should be a well kept…well everything home for them they have served their country.

  • tammy says:

    When they bring them home. It will take time for them to recover or they may not but they deserve a chance. Find theses dogs homes with patient people that would take them and give them a good home. I take animals that have personality issues or been neglected. They need love patienceand a safe environment. Taking them back to the war is bad but that is our government for you.

  • mary says:

    good god men and women let alone dogs shouldn’t be out there anyway

  • Ed Gibbs says:

    This dog is a hero she should receive the bronze star purple heart full military honors and life long medical benefits……….no more war for this dog…….. human personnel would not be going back with PTSD. This is an outrage………

  • mark jarvis says:

    I think all you people missed Paula’s point. Having a husband who has gone fighting in Iraq doesn’t justify sending a dog there. And talking of bonds which dogs form.. The dogs would rather not be captive in a golden cage. Would you like it if the dog put a chain around your neck and jerked it all the time? Have you seen ‘Planet of Apes’. Imagine yourself there.

  • Kurt K says:

    Agreed Rev! I wouldn’t have a problem with adopting a war dog. My girlfriend really wants a German Shepherd. I watched a specail on the Military Channel about dogs serving in the Pacific in WWII. The vets that were their caretakers were very thankful having served as a dog handler. Most of them cried talking about their dogs. It was really heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I don’t think Paula has a husband brother father mother sister or any loved one serving in Afghanistan. If she did she might reconsider her position on using dogs to alert soldiers as to the presense of a bomb that has the potential to leave nothing of them to send home to bury.

  • Aymee says:

    Today many of the Military Working Dogs are being adopted by previous handlers. The handler has priority over adopting followed by other handler then others within the MP or SF career field then anyone on base. In the rare event that they do not get adopted by anyone they are sent back to Lackland to work with students or be adopted out. Obviously they undergo a temperment testing before being listed for adoption. If anyone is interested her is the link to the adoption listing. I can tell you from personal experience there is nothing like having a dog as a partner. You develop a bond so close you don’t need words. It’s been four years since mine had to be put down due to cancer of four major organs and I still cry. He was a wonderful and loving dog and I miss him greatly.

  • Manic Monkey says:

    Those dogs are heroes as far as I’m conerned and will be treated like kings in the afterlife for their sacrafice in this life.