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‘Unforgivable’: Iraq War Vet’s Bronze Star Combat Dog is Shot and Killed by a Jackass on a Bike

‘Unforgivable’: Iraq War Vet’s Bronze Star Combat Dog is Shot and Killed by a Jackass on a Bike

By Virginia Kruta for IJReview

Major Mike was a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois who had served two tours in Iraq. The canine worked as a combat bomb-sniffing dog with a Special Forces Unit, and earned two Bronze Stars.

Retired from military service, Major Mike was a service dog living with retired Army Ranger Matthew Bessler. Major Mike, just like his owner, had been diagnosed with PTSD, and the dog had been prescribed Prozac for anxiety.

But while Bessler was out hunting, a chance encounter with a cyclist left Major Mike dead. The cyclist claimed that he had first attempted to use his bicycle as a shield, and had shot the dog as a last resort.

Yet Bessler doesn’t believe the story:

“He has his story. I know my dog. I have my story.

He was with me almost everywhere I went and he was always playing and he was always… he always wanted to play and everybody loved him.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to make sure that Major Mike receives a full military burial.

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