Military working dogs who have gotten injured while on duty now have their own state-of-the-art $15 million hospital treatment center. This is good news for the canine personnel of Lackland Air Force Base, as the center is a long-overdue facility upgrade that provides advanced medical treatment for combat-wounded dogs.
Now military dogs that suffer from war injuries and health issues can be treated and continue working. Before the center opened, dogs were treated in a small building that opened in 1968. Since then, demand for military dogs has soared and the old facility was overloaded by 2001. The new and spacious hospital will also be used to breed military dogs, as there are presently not enough trained canines to meet the ever-growing demand.