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Target remembered at candlelight vigil

Target, the dog brought to the U.S. from Aghanistan by one of the soldiers whose lives she was credited with saving — only to be accidentally euthanized by an animal shelter — was remembered in a memorial service last night.

The candlelight vigil was held at the Pima County Animal Shelter in Tucson.

In Afghanistan, Target, a stray befriended by a group of American soldiers, kept a suicide bomber who was trying to enter a building on a military base from gaining access. Instead, the bomber instead set off his bomb in a doorway. Five soldiers were injured, several of whom credited Target with helping save their lives.

Phoenix soldier Terry Young brought Target back home to Arizona.  Last month, the dog escaped from Young’s yard and ended up in at the Pinal County animal shelter in Casa Grande, where she was accidentally euthanized the next day. The employee responsible for the mistake has been suspended.

Young said his son, Tavius, and the rest of the family is still working to get over the dog’s death, according to KGUN9.

“It’s been a few weeks already and Tavius still says, ‘Where’s Target?’ It’s heartbreaking.”


Comment from Kelsey
Time December 5, 2010 at 1:27 am

Such a sad, sad loss. But, Target, like all dogs would have forgiven the mistake. I hope Terry Young and his family have shown some compassion for the shelter employee responsible for the mistake. This is the type of situation that, if handled well, could go a long way toward teaching a son how to forgive. Nice send off for a heroric dog.


Comment from Ralph Dietz
Time December 6, 2010 at 4:53 am

There is no forgiving this! Such a careless, stupid, mindless character is only qualified for shoveling up after the animals! If that! I said it before, this is just another example of the kind of people that have very responsible jobs, and can’t even read or write! We love you Target!

Comment from alfreda
Time July 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

We are so sorry for the loss of your precious dog Target. She was a hero to all of us. We know that she is with the angels and she is with Sasha and all the war hero animals.

Comment from alfreda
Time July 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

We love you Target.