Dogs have been an integral part of military activities around the world dating back more than two thousand years. They have fended off invasions and helped bring down one of the world's most notorious terrorist leaders. Yet under current law, they are afforded nearly the same protections as a torn uniform or a jammed rifle, classified in the United States Code as "excess equipment." Historically, this led to hundreds of dogs being euthanized each year because the United States had no legal obligation to bring this excess equipment home at the end of their deployments. While recent legislation has commenced a shift toward equal treatment of Military Working Dogs and their human counterparts, that process has slowed. New legislation will be necessary in order to give these soldiers the treatment in the eyes of the law that they have earned.
|Publication Title||Miami National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review|
|Publisher||University of Miami School of Law|
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