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Military dog can't fly home because he's a pit bull, owners say

by KENS 5 staff

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A retired military dog is stranded away from his new home because the airlines won't board aggressive breeds, his owner says.

Jasper was a military working dog with the U.S. Army. He was expected to be sent to Afghanistan with Staff Sgt. Jordan Lee. However, the dog suffered heat stroke during training and was forced to retire.

The dog was sent back to Lakeland, Texas for adoption. That didn't sit well with Lee, who had formed a close bond with pup. Lee decided he would adopt Jasper.

The only problem is that Jasper is in Texas, Lee is still in Afghanistan and his cousin Paula Adams is in Colorado Springs, Colo. Adams wants to take the dog while her cousin is overseas.

“Unfortunately, none of the airlines will take him because he is a pit bull,” Adams said.

Over the weekend, Lee had a close call with a Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while making his rounds in Afghanistan.

“Jordan was standing three feet from an IED," Adams said. "It exploded Sunday. Praise God he did survive."

Adams said one airline she spoke with might take the dog if she can get it to Austin and buy a steel crate for Jasper. That will cost her more than $300, plus another $400 for the plane ticket.