A hero dog was part of the Osama bin Laden raid

Among the information that has emerged about the raid that killed Osama
bin Laden, there’s one particularly interesting detail: The elite team
of Navy SEALS included a dog.


Lacey, a German Shepherd/Belgian Shepherd Malinois mix, is up for
adoption at B.A.R.K. in Ashland, VA.

The canine commando was most likely a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois, military sources tell the New York Times.

Those breeds ” ‘have the best overall combination of keen sense of smell, endurance,
speed, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any
climatic condition,’ according to a fact sheet from the military working
dog unit.”

Discovery News
reports that members of the SEALs’ dog team “can parachute or rappel
into action at a moment’s notice” and can be outfitted with “canine
tactical assault vests,” self-inflating lifejackets, “infrared
nightsight cameras and an intruder communication system able to
penetrate concrete walls.”

And according to a news roundup in the Huffington Post, “The heroic canine was strapped to a member of the SEAL team as he lowered himself and the dog to the ground from a hovering helicopter near the compound.”

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For more on this story:

DiscoveryNews.com: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Secret Weapon: Elite Dog Team

HuffingtonPost.com: Osama Bin Laden Raid Included Bomb-Sniffing Dog Strapped To Commando

The New York Times: A Bin Laden Hunter on Four Legs