Program placing service dogs with wounded veterans told to vacate offices at military facilities

Program placing service dogs with wounded veterans told to vacate offices at military facilities
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A program that prepares service dogs to be placed with wounded veterans was reportedly kicked out of its offices in two Washington, D.C.-area military facilities.

The people who trained and raised the dogs in the Warrior Canine Connection program were told late last month to leave their offices at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia and on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, WTOP reported.

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“At two o’clock in the afternoon, I received a phone call saying there was a stop work order. There was no explanation whatsoever as to why that was the decision,” Warrior Canine Connection Executive Director Rick Yount told the D.C. radio station.

He said the program is trying to find out why it was told to vacate the offices.

"Why would — all of the sudden — a program be halted that was serving patients?” Yount asked.

He said he hasn't heard anything about issues with the program, such as a dog biting someone.

"We've heard absolutely nothing."

He added their contract with Fort Belvoir was not supposed to expire until 2019.

"There's no question that this program saves lives," he said.