SOURCE: Guardians of Rescue

Guardians of Rescue

November 18, 2010 12:10 ET

Misseri, Guardians of Rescue Ask Where Is Afghan Hero Dog Target's Combat War Medal?

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - On Monday, November 15th, 2010, Target -- a hero dog brought home from Afghanistan and reported on by the media, including being featured on Oprah Winfrey -- was purported to have been accidentally euthanized while at the Pinal County Animal Care & Control shelter in Pinal County, Arizona. She had been living with Sgt. Terry Young, one of the fifty soldiers whose life she had saved in Afghanistan.

What happened to Target? Young and Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, both want to know.

Sgt Terry Young has asked The Guardians of Rescue to look into what happened to Target and to work so that steps can be taken to prevent this type of tragedy from repeating itself at other shelters.

Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, was instrumental in securing customs documents for Target -- as well as Rufus, another hero dog. Misseri brought their story to the media's attention. Misseri says, "Puppy Rescue Mission and NOWZAD worked very hard on the plight to bring Target to the states, assuming she would live a peaceful life."

"There's the personal side to this, to love a valiant dog like Target and see this type of thing happen, but there's much more," said Misseri.

Misseri feels that pressure needs to be put on county commissioners as well as shelter directors to see that the staff is following protocol and proper procedure at all times. When an animal's life and safety is on the line there is no room for error.

Misseri continued, "The following points need to be focused on: Target's owner, Sgt. Terry Young was told by an employee at the shelter that Target was a 'bag of bones.' Why this type of disgraceful behavior?" 

Misseri has one big question on his mind. "What happened to the combat medal Target was given for her bravery, who took it?" When Sgt Terry Young was given Target's collar by the Penal County Shelter the medal that was attached was missing.

Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving conditions in animal shelters throughout the country. Some of their focus areas are:

*Improving communication between the pet loving public and municipal animal shelters.

*Transforming more shelters into "no-kill" shelters, as well as to increase the adoption rate at public shelters. This would spare other animals the unjust and tragic fate Target met with.

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