Thanks to the help of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's wonderful staff we now have a copy of the "Robby's Law" report to Congress for 2009, showing the numbers of military working dogs adopted, transferred, and euthanized during that year.
A total of 81 dogs were euthanized in 2009, compared with 386 dogs adopted or transferred to law enforcement agencies. The report attempts to distinguish between dogs euthanized for "humane" reasons (44) and for all other reasons (37), including "aggressive" behavior. However, our experience suggests that the line between the two may not always be all that clearcut.
While we are glad that the numbers of dogs being euthanized in 2009 were far fewer than the numbers adopted and transferred, we grieve for all our canine veteran friends who were put to death unnecessarily and will work even harder on our mission to save all of them.
Meanwhile, we need to press forward on our efforts to get the reports for 2001 - 2008 and for 2010 - 2011. Please sign our petition to help make this happen.
Also, we have learned that someone in the Congress inserted a provision into the 2012 defense authorization that repealed the reporting requirement in Robby's Law.
This is deeply troubling to us, and we hope is is to you too. We are asking our friends and supporters in Congress to help us find out how this happened -- who added this provision, who supported it, who asked for it? We will keep you posted as more facts come to light.