House passes bill which looks into military dog adoptions

Posted at 7:48 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 19:48:07-04
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, gets affectionately licked by his dog, Xarius, June 3, 2014 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Bush is deployed from the 28th Security Forces Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Bush hails from Chicago, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock

WASHINGTON D.C. – After hundreds of soldiers said the army adopted out their military working dogs without telling them, CBS11 investigated. A bill has now passed through the house which will investigate exactly what happened and why the soldiers were not offered the option of adopting their working dog.

Ryan Henderson from Arlington is an example of a soldier whose working dog was adopted out without his knowledge. The family who adopted his dog, Satan, stated they were told neither of the dog’s handlers wanted him.

Henderson said of the process, “We’re making headway. Obviously, someone is listening to us. Somebody with some authority and the ability to maybe make things happen is listening to us. Let’s turn things up a little more.”