How to protect your dog from pests and disease
The National Guard is calling in the dogs for their duty to keep people and pets safe.
It’s part of a plan to spend more than $10 million over the next two years to purchase and equip dogs and horses with devices that can detect, detect and track disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The devices are part of an effort to help the Army’s most elite troops combat the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
The soldiers’ weapons can be used to capture or kill an infected person, a contagious disease that causes inflammation of the lungs, liver and central nervous system.
Military dogs are trained to detect the deadly bacteria and other organisms that can cause disease.
They are specially trained to sniff out disease-causing agents from the air.
The Army has purchased the equipment to be deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and parts of South Korea, where the soldiers are stationed.
The first unit to be fitted with the new weapon will be the 1st Cavalry Regiment, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., which has more than 400 troops and is home to more than a dozen elite soldiers.
Col. Timothy Gannon, the 1c regiment’s commanding general, said the dogs were originally intended to be used for tracking and killing small mammals, but have evolved to detect COVID.
They detect airborne organisms such as the bacteria H1N1 and other airborne pathogens.
“There is a lot of interest in our troops using these dogs to track these airborne pathogens and that’s why we’ve purchased these dogs,” he said.
He said the 1 Cavalry regiment was first contacted by the Army in August to buy the devices.
The dogs will be trained to track small animals as well as small airborne organisms.
They can detect airborne pathogens from a distance of more than 20 miles.
The soldiers are also buying the dog tags that will be used with the devices, which can be placed on the dogs’ backs or strapped to their heads.
The equipment will be deployed as soon as possible to Afghanistan.
The troops will be armed with the dogs by mid-December, Gannon said.
They will be placed at a distance to deter potential attacks.
The dogs will not be deployed for extended periods of time.
The devices were originally designed to be worn around the collar of the dogs to provide extra protection from attacks.
But they have been found to have the potential to be misused by people and can even be used as weapons.
Since the device is designed to track and kill the organisms, it can also be used by dogs to capture a human who has been exposed to the organisms.