For any animal lover, the tragic story of Target the hero dog is one you’re not likely to forget. Target was a stray who helped save the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan. She was brought back to the US by one of those soldiers, and hailed a hero.
Her deeds were national news, and this very special canine even appeared on Oprah – the end all-be all of television guest spots. Sadly, all the fame in the world couldn’t save Target from the cruel grasp of the US shelter system. Having escaped the yard of her beloved family one day, she was picked up by animal services. Despite immediate action by her owners, she was “accidentally euthanized” (KILLED) by shelter staff.
There’s no going back from euthanasia, a fact 4 millions of American animals face every year. Target’s life was lost, completely unnecessarily, because of the hideous misdeeds of our nation’s animal shelters. Had this been a No Kill shelter, Target would be breathing, playing & loving still.
Target survived Afghanistan, war, bombings and countless dangers … but couldn’t survive her local “shelter”. So much for civilization. But, the bright spot in this dark story is that Target’s legacy will help to save thousands of other animals who would otherwise have been doomed to her same fate. Her tragedy is shining a light on the horrors of our current system, and alerting countless Americans to the misuse of their tax dollars in our pounds and shelters nationwide.
So thank you Target, for all you did in your short life, and all you continue to do. And thank you to her owner, Sgt. Young and family, for so thoughtfully honoring her memory.