By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
It all started with the tale of a dog named Target.
Target was a dog who befriended American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and, along with two other stray dogs, even helped deter a suicide bomber from attacking the military base.
Following the dog’s heroic effort, several of the soldiers connected with the animals and one solider requested to take Target home with him following his tour of duty in 2010.
Unfortunately, Target escaped from his yard in Arizona one day and a neighbor called local dog catchers to take in the animal, who did not have on any identification tags. When Target’s owner learned of the dog’s whereabouts and arrived a couple of days later at the facility to retrieve his beloved pet, he found out that Target had been euthanized by mistake.