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After canine deaths, State Department stops sending dogs on overseas assignments | Los Angeles Times
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After canine deaths, State Department stops sending dogs on overseas assignments | Los Angeles Times

While reports have not given an exact number, it appears around a dozen working dogs have died overseas due to neglect, poisoning, heatstroke, and other effects while under the care of local handlers. These non-military dogs are sent to guard civilians, sniff out drugs, and locate explosives. The alarming death rate has led the State Department to suspend the deployment of any more canines. They will send veterinarians to check on the dogs currently overseas. Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco seemed to be the biggest offenders when it came to the mistreatment of the canines, with some Muslims often not having much regard for dogs and not keeping them as pets.

Source: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-23/after-canine-deaths