Persons, not property
For many countries, animals -- even companion animals like dogs -- were considered property. While movements around the world are pushing to have the “personhood” of animals recognized by the government, much has to be done before real progress is made.
Sadly, this means that even the process of turning over MWDS to the Hound Haven can be rather grueling.
Because military dogs are considered “equipment,” the Commission on Audit needs to approve their removal from the roster and, in effect, cancel the budget allotment. Only after this is accomplished can the dogs be retired from service and transferred to the sanctuary.
“For an MWD to be turned over to Hound Haven, the kennel master, evaluator, and veterinarian must first do a medical evaluation. The form is then signed by the unit veterinarian,” said Maj. Lawrence San Juan, Philippine Army K-9 Batallion’s commanding officer.