FLORENCE, Arizona — A dog named Target that lived through explosions in war-torn Afghanistan couldn't survive a brief stay at an Arizona animal shelter.
The shepherd mix was featured on "The "Oprah Winfrey Show" and local media for her heroics in Afghanistan, got loose from her owners on Friday and was put down on Monday after spending the weekend in a county shelter.
An unidentified employee at the Pinal County facility was placed on administrative leave after euthanizing the female shepherd mix by mistake, county Animal Care and Control officials said.
"I'm heartsick over this," Ruth Stalter, the county animal control director, said in a written statement. "I had to personally deliver the news to the dog's owner and he and his family are understandably distraught."
Yeah, you read that right. We're supposed to feel sorry for the county animal control director. Because it's all about her.
While in Afghanistan, this war-hero dog frightened a suicide bomber inside a military base and potentially saved dozens of soldiers' lives.
The dog was treated like royalty by U.S. troops, who brought it to "safety" in the U.S.
But what the Taliban could not kill, Animal Control in Florence, Arizona did.
And why? The answer is here: Beyond the Blue Solution of Dog Shelter Death.