Afghan War hero accidentally euthanized

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Target the dog lived through explosions in war-torn Afghanistan, saved the lives of U.S. soldiers and was featured on Oprah – but she couldn’t survive a brief stay at an Arizona animal shelter.

An employee at the Pinal County facility was today on administrative leave after euthanizing the shepherd mix by mistake.

‘When it comes to euthanizing an animal, there are some clear-cut procedures to follow,’ said Ruth Stalter, director of the Animal Care And Control centre.

‘Based on my preliminary investigation, our employee did not follow those procedures.’

Full story: Target, the dog who survived Afghan war and melted hearts on Oprah, mistakenly put down at Arizona animal shelter