The U.S. Embassy in Iraq is investigating the shooting of one of the dogs at the New York Times bureau in Baghdad.
Employees stated that guards from Blackwater, a private security firm, shot Hentish, the dog, during a search of the Times’ property for explosives.
A Blackwater spokeswoman said Hentish attacked one of Blackwater’s bomb-sniffing dogs. She wrote in a statement, “The K-9 handler made several unsuccessful attempts to get the dog to retreat, including placing himself between the dogs. When those efforts failed, the K-9 handler unfortunately was forced to use a pistol to protect the company’s K-9 and himself.”
State Department investigators have already made two follow-up visits in regards to the incident.
The deputy Baghdad bureau chief of The Times’ bureau said, “While the dog wasnâ€™t close to everyone in the compound, it was a companion to the guards at the checkpoint, where it was shot. It was born right near the checkpoint and grew up there from the time it was a puppy.”
Source: New York Times