Formal investigation into missing military dogs bills passes houseBy Cristin Severance


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WASHINGTON D.C. (CBSDFW.COM) – The House passed the bipartisan FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week.

This comes two weeks after CBS11’s investigation into why hundreds of soldiers say the Army adopted out their military dogs without contacting them.

“It continues my quest to get answers for veterans who were unable to adopt their combat dogs because of hollow promises from our government,” said U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) in a statement.

Representative Hudson filed an amendment to request information on the mismanaged adoptions of military working dogs (MWDs) from the former Tactical Explosive Detector Dog (TEDD) Program. It directs the Secretary of the Air Force to provide a detailed report on the adoption application process to the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Armed Services.

Ryan Henderson of Arlington has been fighting to get reunited with his military dog, Satan, after the dog was adopted by a family in North Carolina. The family said the Army told them Satan was not being adopted by either of his handlers.

“We’re making headway. Obviously, someone is listening to us. Somebody with some authority and the ability to maybe make things happen is listening to us. Let’s turn things up a little more,” said Henderson.

The Mansfield animal rescue group, DFW Canines for Veterans, has offered to pair Henderson with a trained service dog.

While he was touched by their offer, Henderson has declined for now hoping he’ll be reunited with his military dog.

Henderson said it’s something he’ll consider down the road if the reunion with Satan never happens.

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