Dogs are the most faithful living beings on our planet earth and this particular quality makes them one of the most potent part of any country’s military. Unlike other dogs, Military dogs are given excessive training and are coached in commands that require them to hold their barks in situations of combat, lest they reveal their position to the enemy.
They are taught to understand hand gestures, verbal commands, sniff out bombs and round off the enemy, when called upon. These dogs play equal companion to soldiers and form an integral part of the military. But have you ever wondered what happens to these dogs once they retire from service?
Most of the military dogs retire by the age of 8-9 and are given proper retirement rituals. Their after retirement life differs from country to country, with some opting to kill them, while others put them up for adoption.
In India, war dogs such as Labradors and German shepherds are euthanized as soon as they retire from service. The army believes that these canines cannot be given up for adoption as they can lead the enemies to secret locations. Their knowledge of sensitive locations make them a suitable target for enemies.
The animals rights group have strongly condemned Indian Army’s policy to euthanize war dogs. By euthanizing them, they are taking away their right to “food and shelter”.
The other countries of the world follow different policies when it comes to relocating these war dogs.
Here’s how other countries uphold the lives of their animal retirees:
1- United States Of America
The retired war dogs are put up for adoption and around ninety percent are adopted by their own handlers, and the rest by civilians.
In Russia, the retired war dogs are given dignified care and are normally adopted by the servicemen upon retirement.
3- The United Kingdom
The UK also euthanizes it’s war dogs on the grounds of “behavioural issues” and medical reasons.
Note: The Funniest Indian is a humour blog but we wanted to show Indian citizens what happens to our military dogs after retirement. These innocent canines should be put up for adoption rather than being euthanized.