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From 9 January 2005 Issue

Iraqi Service Dogs Starving

Emails have been flying around the internet after word was received from a concerned serviceman in Iraq, that Iraqi Service Dogs were only being fed on table scraps and were starving. The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society has been instrumental in coordinating relief for these dogs, and the following is now seen on their website:

Message about Iraqi Guard Dogs

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society has been involved for several days in helping arrange food supplies for the Iraqi guard dogs reported as needing help in several media releases. We are pleased to report that the problem has been solved. We have worked with Mr. Ron Aiello, president of The War Dogs Association and a long time supporter of war dogs on a worldwide basis, and Senator John Ensign of Nevada, a veterinarian and sponsor of much animal related legislation. Both have been instrumental in solving this problem. DHL the company that flies material for the US forces in Iraq had also offered to transport food and veterinary supplies for the Iraq police dogs. The following e mail is being sent to those who have contacted the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society expressing their concern over the Iraqi guard dogs or offering assistance in arranging food for them.

Dear Friends of Animals:

The nationwide response from compassionate people resulting from news stories about the Iraqi security dogs has been overwhelming. The issue of feeding these dogs has now been resolved and we have been assured that Hills Pet Food company will donate food for the Iraqi dogs and have it delivered on a continuing basis.

We therefore will not have need for contributions of funds for food for the Iraqi security dogs. We understand veterinary medical supplies will be needed and we hope they will be donated.

We believe in a “Donor Bill of Rights” that requires all contributions for a specific cause be used only for that cause. Therefore, all funds donated to the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society designated for the Iraqi dogs will be returned.

Some people offering support interpreted the media stories as reporting problems with the US war dogs deployed in Iraq. We want to emphasize that the dogs involved belong to the Iraq police force. The US dogs are reported to be in excellent condition and receive great care from their handlers.

The outpouring of compassion throughout our country has been overwhelming. I would urge every one to support their local rescue and spay / neuter programs.

For more information on the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society programs click on our website at www.lvvhumane.org

Judith Ruiz
President Las Vegas Valley Humane Society

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