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The Defence Secretary intervened yesterday to stop two Army dogs that saved thousands of lives in Afghanistan from being put down.
Gavin Williamson held urgent talks with dog handlers at the Ministry of Defence following widespread protest against plans to give them lethal injections.
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It is understood he has pledged to try and find a solution that will see Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz rehomed instead.
The dogs sniffed out explosives on several tours of Helmand province.
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They were retired from frontline service four years ago and put in the care of trainers at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Army chiefs had hoped the nine-year-old dogs would be rehomed.
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But the centre’s commanding officer was leaning towards deciding to have them put down after one dog bit a civilian.
A former police hound named Driver was also due to be euthanised.
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Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan, who represents the constituency where the centre is based, had called for the dogs to be reprieved.
SAS hero Andy McNab also launched a petition to save them, which last night had attracted more than 368,000 signatures.
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