Almost 4,000 dogs served in Vietnam. As American forces withdrew in 1973, the military classified the dogs as surplus to be left behind. Many of these dogs perished and many of the dog handlers were traumatized by having to leave their faithful companions behind.
The military has since changed this policy and military dogs are now returned to the U.S. when they retire.
Since the military is sending dogs rescued in Afghanistan and Iraq back to the U.S., possibly the military could rescue some of the abandoned dogs in Japan. In Japan, the number of owners who were forced to abandon their pets is so high that Japanese authorities are devising new ways of disposing of them. It is a policy that some Japanese animal lovers find hard to accept. So do I.
R. Van Conoley