Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mine sniffing dogs return to US for retirement

Five retired Mine Detection Dogs from Iraq are getting new homes with American families


Mine sniffing dog in Iraq
These remarkable animals, which have spent the past six to eight years ‘sniffing out’ landmines and saving lives in Iraq, are being adopted by American families through an innovative partnership between SPCA International ( and the Marshall Legacy Institute (

MDDs Blek, Malysh, Miso, Nero and Rocky were specially trained to detect the explosive odors found in landmines. Landmines continue to plague much of Iraq: the result of multiple conflicts spanning more than 30 years.

Because these weapons of war are buried and hard to find, they continue to kill and injure hundreds of Iraqi civilian men, women and children each year.

During their years of service with the Iraqi Mine and UXO Clearance Organization, Blek, Malysh, Miso, Nero and Rocky sniffed out over 90 acres of mine-contaminated land in and around Basra and Baghdad.

These dogs have truly helped to make Iraq a safer and better place.

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