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DI Rescues Mine-Detecting Dogs in Afghanistan

March 23, 2007 at 12:00 AM EDT
DI Rescues Mine-Detecting Dogs in Afghanistan

FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 23, 2007--DynCorp International (NYSE:DCP) employees helped find homes for more than two dozen German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs that were recently retired after detecting landmines in Afghanistan.

The dogs belonged to the Mine Detection and Dog Center, an Afghan demining nongovernmental organization. It is supported and advised by DynCorp International in humanitarian demining operations sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the government of Afghanistan.

After the dogs' sense of smell becomes no longer reliable enough for them to perform mine-clearance operations, they face the prospect of euthanasia.

Lloyd Carpenter, a DynCorp International project manager for the Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement program in Afghanistan, saved a group of retired dogs by placing them with expatriates.

"The dogs performed a humanitarian service to detect landmines so that humans wouldn't lose life or limb. The companies that work with them should help get the dogs adopted by a family, and reward the dogs for their service and loyalty," Mr. Carpenter said. People in Afghanistan do not generally keep dogs as pets.

This is the second group of mine-detection dogs DynCorp International employees have assisted. In 2006, DynCorp International technical advisors retrained 18 mine dogs for other specialties.

This year, DynCorp International, the Mine Detection and Dog Center, and the U.N. Mine Action Center in Afghanistan organized a campaign in early March to find people willing to adopt the dogs. The response was overwhelming, creating a waiting list of more than 500 potential adopters.

For more information, Mr. Carpenter recommends visiting the Marshall Legacy Institute - a humanitarian relief organization that provides mine detecting dogs in war-torn countries - at

DynCorp International LLC is a provider of specialized mission-critical technical services to civilian and military government agencies worldwide, and operates major programs in law enforcement training and support, security services, base operations, aviation services, contingency operations, and logistics support. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., DynCorp International has approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit

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