Email on adopting Marine dogs is a hoaxBy USA TODAY staff
Posted : Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 12:43:27 EDT
The Marine Corps is debunking an offer to provide bomb-sniffing dogs for adoption that has been published by numerous websites, blogs and email lists.
There are currently no bomb detection dogs available for adoption, the Marine Corps Systems Command said in a statement.
An email whose origin is not clear and that appeared to circulate widely said the Corps was looking for good homes for “incredibly well-trained” Labradors, Belgian Malinois, border collies, German shepherds and Rottweilers that served in war zones.
The email went on to say that the approximately 400 dogs were “war heroes,” having saved countless American lives by sniffing out improvised explosive devices before they could blow up. Adoptive families were told they must go to Washington to pick up the dogs or arrange transport at their own expense.
The contact information provided in the email was that of an actual Marine office and staffer, but when contacted Tuesday the office said the email was a hoax and no such offer was available.
However, by then news stations’ websites in Miami and elsewhere had run with the email, as had blogs that cover topics involving pets and adopting animals. Neighborhood listserves in Arlington, Va., home of the Pentagon, also posted the offer to thousands of members.
The Marine Corps Systems Command said it was not known who received the email or who sent it out.
The Marines said such offers are sometimes made for “decommissioned” dogs but that they are offered to other federal agencies first since many are still fit for service even when they can no longer deploy to war zones.
The USMC has been working hard to find homes for about 50 IED/Explosives
detection dogs out of Afghanistan. There are an additional number of dogs
that will be available over the next year as well.
The Marine Corps has about 50 - single purpose, explosive detection dogs that
are up for adoption. This number will increase as we look to discontinue the
IDD program. Please make contact with your civilian peers or other LE
entities and see if they would like one (or more). Please contact Mr. Rich
Landgrebe (CC'd and info below) and he will see through the successful
The process is relatively easy; once a department states that they want a dog,
the only thing that will take any time is to have the Ft Bragg vet do a final
exam and copy the medical records for the dept. This normally takes 1-2 days.
There is no cost to adopt an IDD or transfer to a Law Enforcement Agency
except for the transportation from where the IDD is kenneled to the adopter's