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Military War Dogs

Retired military dogs stood beside their veteran handlers at the "Military Dogs Take the Hill Event," on July 23, 2014.

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Retired military dogs stood beside their veteran handlers at the "Military Dogs Take the Hill Event" July 23, 2014, asking Congress to bring all U.S. K-9 heroes home to reunite with the soldiers they served. Each military dog saves an estimated 150-200 soldier lives, according to an American Humane Association (AHA) press release.

Despite their heroic service, these four-legged warriors do not always find their way back to U.S. soil, said AHA president and CEO, Dr. Robin Gantzer. Under the National Defense Authorization Act, retiring military working dogs can return to the U.S. only if a suitable adopter cannot be found at the dog's location. A military dog who retires overseas can't travel on military transport, stated the report, and is not able to join their handler in the U.S.

"Let's retire them here," Dr. Gantzer said, "let's bring them home."

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AHA
The American Humane Association led the congressional briefing to bring military working dogs and military contract dogs home. The association has been coming to the aid of military animals since it founded the Red Star Animal Relief Program in 1916, according to its CEO and president, Robin Gantzer.

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Chef the "chief"
Chef, a retired, Navy K-9 explosives detection dog came to support the event. He found an adopted home through Mission K9 Rescue. His owner said he received his name for the German meaning "chief."

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Chef likes to pose
Chef posing for photos with attendees before the briefing started.

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Mission K9 badge
Dogs have noses that are 100,000 times more sensitive than humans, giving them the ability to detect weapons and explosives, said Kristen Maurer, president of Mission K9 Rescue.

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Carlos
Carlos won the 2013 AHA Military Dog of the Year award. His adopted owner Ruby Rigpath said Carlos is credited for saving many American lives through his explosives detection in the U.S. Army.

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Carlos and owner, Ruby
Carlos became a victim of animal cruelty before Ridpath adopted him. She said he is "worth every penny, every dollar" she puts into his medical treatment.

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Thor and Cila
(Left to right) Military working dog Thor and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Deano Miller play beside military working dog Cila and U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Bos before the briefing.

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Thor, a seasoned vet
Thor served as a military contract dog in the Marine Corps for five deployments and five different handlers, said his first handler and final owner, Sgt. Deano Miller.

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Cila
Cila, a 7-year-old chocolate Labrador, served as an explosive detection dog with Sgt. Jason Bos in Iraq for a year.

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Ryky
Ryky served in Afghanistan with Sgt. James Harrington until 2011. The two reunited June 26, 2014 through the efforts of Mission K9 Rescue.

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Mission K9 President Maurer
Kristen Maurer, president of Mission K9 Rescue, spoke on the importance of reuniting military dogs with their handlers.

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Rep. Bilirakis
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) discussed his proposed bill, which would give veterans the option of dog therapy to help post-traumatic stress disorder. He said dogs are "miracle workers."

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Dr. Gantzer, head of AHA
Dr. Robin Gantzer, president and CEO of the American Humane Association.

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Much deserved relaxation
Thor and Cila get some shut-eye during the event.

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Man's best friend
"Mankind has always had a special relationship with dogs, and today military dogs are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe. Faced daily with life or death situations, the bond between these dogs and those who work with them is nearly unbreakable," Dr. Ganzert stated in the press release.

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Rep. Young the musher
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) shows support at the event. "I am the only dog musher at this whole conference," he said.

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Rep. Titus
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) is a co-sponsor of Bilirakis's bill.

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Rep. Blackburn
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) speaks.

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Sgt. Jason Bos
Sgt. Jason Bos tells his story of how he reunited with Cila, his military working dog.

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Sgt. Deano Miller
Sgt. Deano Miller talks of his military contract dog, Thor.

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Reuniting with Ryky
Sgt. James Harrington shares his story of reuniting with Ryky.

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Always dutiful and observant
A narcotics detection service dog watches the briefing.

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Adopting Carlos
Ruby Ridpath shares her story of adopting Carlos, AHA's 2013 Military Dog of the Year.

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AHA Chairman
Chairman of American Humane Association, John Payne closes out the event.

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Sgt. Harrington and Ryky
Sgt. Harrington and Ryky pose for a photograph together.

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Always on alert
"He still thinks he's at work," said Ryky's friend and owner, Sgt. Harrington.

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