Two army veterans were recently reunited after one of them had been forgotten for nearly 3 years.
Army Specialist Vance McFarland spent every day of his tour in Afghanistan with Ikar, a bomb-sniffing dog. When Vance’s tour was over, Ikar’s was not. The two were forced to part.
“When we walked off the plane at Fort Bragg, I had Ikar for long enough for them to take a picture before they took him away from me and sent him back to go back through the TEDD program and back to Afghanistan.”
But Ikar never re-entered the program. Instead, he, along with 11 other bomb-sniffing dogs, were taken to a kennel. The kennel was to be a temporary home while the pups waited for a private contracting company to find new assignments for them. The company never came back for them.