A hero dog who helped save U.S. solders from a suicide bomber in Afghanistan was euthanized today by mistake at an Arizona shelter.
Target, a female shepherd mix, belonged to Sgt. Terry Young, an Army National Guard member, but was picked up as a stray after she slipped out of his yard in the San Tan Valley area southeast of Phoenix over the weekend, the Arizona Republic said.
Target, who was once featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” was taken to the Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter in Case Grande.
The agency said a shelter worker mistakenly took Target out of her pen this morning instead of another dog and euthanized her, even though the dog was not scheduled to be put down.
Young told the Arizona Republic he posted online notices and contacted TV stations about his missing dog, and on Monday he went to the shelter to see if she was there. But it was too late.
“I’m an absolute wreck today and it’s everything in my power to hold it together for me and my family,” Young said in an e-mail to KPHO, Channel 5 news, the local CBS affiliate
“My 4-year-old son just can’t understand what is going on with Target and keeps asking me to get the poison out of her and bring her home. They don’t want her to go be with God yet,” he said.