Claim: Hundreds of decommissioned bomb-sniffing Marine Corps dogs are in need of adoption by the public.
Example:[Collected via Facebook, 2012]
Marine Corps Decommissioned IED Detector Dogs
The Marine Corps has around 400 IED (Improvised Explosive Device) sniffing dogs that are being decommissioned & need forever homes/families. Most of the dogs are breeds such as: Labradors, Belgian Malinois, Border Collies, German Shepherds & Rottweiler. The dogs are all incredibly well-trained. Many have served in war zones and are responsible for saving countless American, NATO and foreign lives. The dogs are in the District of Columbia (D.C.). Adoptive families must be able to travel to DC to pick up the dogs or arrange transport at their own expense. Please help these war heroes get the lives they deserve.
The POC for interested adoptive families is:
Brian D. Miller
PM IED Detector Dog Program Marine Corps Systems Command
Origins: An October 2012 message circulated on the Internet sought adoptive homes for some 400 bomb-sniffing U.S. Marine Corps dogs of various breeds that had "served in war zones" but were now "being decommissioned" and were in "need of forever homes/families." However, as USA Today reported, that message was a hoax:
There are currently no bomb detection dogs available for adoption, the Marine Corps Systems Command said in a statement.
An e-mail whose origin is not clear and that appeared to circulate widely said the Corps was looking for good homes for "incredibly well-trained" Labradors, Belgian Malinois, border collies, German shepherds and Rottweilers that served in war zones.
The contact information provided in the e-mail was that of an actual Marine office and staffer, but when contacted the office said the e-mail was a hoax and no such offer was available.
The Marine Corps Systems Command said it was not known who received the e-mail or who sent it out.
The Marines said such offers are sometimes made for "decommissioned" dogs but that they are offered to other federal agencies first since many are still fit for service even when they can no longer deploy to war zones.