Military dog comes home from Iraq traumatized

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Military dog comes home from Iraq traumatized

Post by Snaz on Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:55 pm

Military dog comes home from Iraq traumatized
German shepherd did door-to-door searches for bombs

By DAN ELLIOTT
updated 8/3/2010 1:41:54 PM ET


Gina, a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the U.S. military, joins Staff Sgt. Chris Kench on a sofa at the kennel at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. After she came home to Peterson Air Force Base in June 2009, a military veterinarian diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado — Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military, conducting door-to-door searches and witnessing all sorts of noisy explosions.

She returned home to Colorado cowering and fearful. When her handlers tried to take her into a building, she would stiffen her legs and resist. Once inside, she would tuck her tail beneath her body and slink along the floor. She would hide under furniture or in a corner to avoid people.

A military veterinarian diagnosed with her post-traumatic stress disorder — a condition that experts say can afflict dogs just like it does humans.


Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38537691/ns/health-mental_health/

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Post by Julie on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:24 pm

Aw, Sad , poor dog, I feel so bad for her. I hope there's someway they can treat her.

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