Mt. Hope K9 Warrior Rescue
The government contract group said they would be here for 6-8 weeks. They kept promising the contract was being reviewed and signed every week even as late as June of this year. The signed contract to put these highly trained dogs back to work would then pay for the expenses and care of these soldiers. We were told in August of 2014 when they bill was still not being paid that we could not re home these canines as they were government property and we would face federal prosecution if we did this. In mid June 2015 The contractors then told us the dogs are too old now and they were going to get law enforment K9s to fulfill their contract. They told us to dispose of them however we choose. They could not pay their bill until the new contract was finalized with the law enforcement dogs.
These warriors were abandoned to us. Mission K9 and US War Dogs organizations were contacted to take the dogs and reunite them with their handlers if possible. Many of these soldiers suffered from PTSD from their service and are not suitable for shelter adoption into families. Many are also highly trained and need to be with those they know or put back to work.
We are asking for donations to pay off this bill so this kennel can stay in business. and continue to be a resource for organizations that help in these situations. The owner has also worked with the Michael Vick pit bulls and brought many back from their trauma through therapy provided.
Please see our Facebook page Mt. Hope K9 Warrior Rescue for pictures of all the warriors.
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Mt. Hope K9 Warrior Rescue
In July, we shared the story of Greg Meredith, owner of Mt. Hope K9 Rescue kennels in Mt. Hope, Virginia. A year and a half prior, Meredith had accepted a dozen former military dogs, who were dropped off by two men, Dean Henderson and Jamie Solis, claiming that the dogs needed temporary care until they could be redeployed on a new contract with Panama. That contract never came to be.
Over 17 months, Meredith spent $150,000 of his own money offering top-notch care to the canine warriors, who were still awaiting the so-called contract. When he asked for an update from Henderson, he was told to destroy the dogs, Meredith says. Instead, he continued to care for them, helping them cope with the symptoms of PTSD and war injuries, and going deeper into debt. Eventually, the nonprofit organization Mission K-9 Rescue, learning of Meredith's plight, stepped in and helped Meredith locate the dogs’ handlers and reunite all but two of the dogs with them.
A POSSIBLE SCANDAL IS REVEALED
On February 14, the New York Post published an expose by investigative reporter Maureen Callahan revealing that the dogs Meredith cared for were among more than 140 dogs hastily rehomed by K2 Solutions, a North Carolina–based organization that trains Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs (TEDD) after the TEDD program was discontinued by the US Army.
The article claims that the company made no effort to contact former handlers, as mandated by Robby's Law, and instead gave the dogs out to civilians, including three Pentagon employees. Henderson and Solis, the Post reported, picked up the 12 dogs from K2 Solutions and then turned them over to Meredith for caretaking until they could be sold to the Panamanian government. But paperwork from K2 dictated that the dogs were not allowed to be resold, the Post explained. (The two men did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.)
After the story was released, and a follow-up editorial was published in the Post on February 16, Meredith reached out to AKC.org to offer an update.
“I’m teetering on closing my doors,” he says.
Meredith has a GoFundMe account through which he’s hoping to recover some of the $150,000-plus he spent caring for the dogs in addition to the money he lost from the dogs' occupying half of his kennel space. As of the writing of this article, he had raised just over $40,000 in the past seven months, which, he explains, has allowed him to pay his bills but not make a dent in the debt he accrued caring for the war dogs.
He is in talks with lawyers about a possible lawsuit, but he says he was told efforts to get the money back are likely futile.
“The one person who did the right thing is being penalized,” he says.
When asked if he regrets taking in the war dogs he responds quickly: “No. Because I saved their lives. They’d be dead by now—I was told to ‘dispose of them.’” Meredith provided the dogs with exercise and care to help them heal emotional wounds of war. Most of the dogs were being treated with medications like Prozac and Xanax when they were dropped off, Meredith says. By the time they were reunited with their handlers, many had been resocialized. "I’m amazed at how energetic, friendly, and happy they are. These dogs have been emotionally nourished and cared for, "Mission K-9 Rescue cofounder Bob Bryant told us in July.
One dog, Tosca, arrived at Meredith’s facility missing part of her tail and ear from a war injury. After weeks of slowly gaining her trust, Meredith was finally able to pet her, and now she is “stuck to him like Velcro."
Meredith has decided to keep Tosca, and he writes in her voice on the GoFundMe page:
“You see we have names. We are not equipment. We served our country. We lost our lives. We saved yours. We protected your freedom and our battle buddies. We came home different than we left.”
My name is Tosca and I am one of the " Lost Dogs of War" that the NY Post wrote about last week. I need your help and support to save the people that saved me and my friends from being " disposed of " I along with 12 other TEDD's [ tactical explosive detection dogs ] were acquired under false pretense and total lack of oversight, adherence to adoption policy, or laws for transfer by the DOD to Soliden Technologies. Soliden abandoned us after 17 months of nonpayment.
My brothers and sisters were very expensive to take care of during the time they were at Mt. Hope. We all required food, medical care, preventive medicine and other medications. And some of us needed surgeries. All of us had PTSD in various degrees that required training and exercise rehabilitation and just overall love and kindness to help us recover from our time protecting our soldiers and our country. We required 24/7 care and that's what we received at Mt. Hope. Before me and my fellow soldiers went to be reunited with their handlers or new permanent home we went to the vet and all us were healthy physically and mentally and were ready to become a part of a family.
You see we have names. We are not equipment. We served our country. We lost our lives. We saved yours. We protected your freedom and our battle buddies. We came home different than we left. We are veterans of the United States Army. We had no choice or voice until Mt. Hope and Mission K9 worked extensively to get us back to where we should have gone first, our handlers. We are Ranger, Tomo, Ikar, Donna, Tucker, Abby, Pongo, Dakota, Callie, Moto, Gileck, Coba and Tosca and we were told to be disposed of.
And the one who did the right thing and saved us needs your help. Our bill has not been paid. Our expenses are still outstanding. Soliden left us for dead. My family has borrowed, gone without to feed and care for us. So please help save the ones that saved us. Here is our article if you didn't see it yet.
Here is a link to sign a petition so we can change how we were treated:
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On February 10, 2014, 13 TEDD military working dogs (MWDs) were left at Mt. Hope Kennels in Chester, Virginia while contractor Soliden Technologies allegedly attempted to repurpose them for work elsewhere. This never happened, and Mt. Hope Kennels was never paid any of the $150,000 owed by Soliden, which acquired the dogs at the Army adoption event held at the same day at K2 Solutions in North Carolina. One of the 13 dogs was actually later taken as payment by a vet tech who was hired to evaluate the dogs by Soliden.
The remaining 12 canine heroes served in Afghanistan and Iraq and are credited with saving countless lives. They thrived due to the care, nurturing, therapy, and medical attention they received during the 17 months at Mt. Hope Kennel. He was told that the dogs would be in his kennels for 6-8 weeks. Promises were made through June 2015 by the contractor about a contract being reviewed and to be signed that would put these highly trained dogs back to work and then pay for the expenses and care incurred. Greg was told in August 2014 that even though the bill had not been paid, the dogs could not be rehomed as they were government property and he would face federal prosecution if this happened. In mid-June 2015, he was told the dogs were too old, and Soliden was going to get law enforcement K9s to fufill their contract. He was told to dispose of the dogs however he chose. The bill could still not be paid until the new contract was finalized with the law enforcement dogs. Over and over, Greg was misled and promised payment that never arrived.
Greg is now on the verge of losing his home and business from taking care of the dogs for those 17 months, and your help is desperately needed. While this story drew media attention during the summer of 2015 and tremendous public financial support followed, Greg's financial and legal worries didn't go away. He has worked with the Michael Vick pit bulls and brought many back from the trauma through therapy provided. He has also been contacted about other military working dogs and has received others to rehab.
PRO BONO ATTORNEY NEEDED: Greg wants to take this to court but needs help so those responsible are held accountable. If you or someone you know would take on this case, please leave a message on this page or on the Mt Hope Facebook page
Special thanks to Mission K9 Rescue and US War Dogs for making sure these dogs went to their handlers or others who could provide the loving homes these K9 veterans deserve.
Additional TEDD MWDs should have been reunited with their handlers. More information about the mishandled TEDD adoptions is available at www.facebook.com/justice4tedds.
Please see the Mt. Hope Kennel K9 Warrior Rescue Facebook page for pictures of all of these heroic dogs.
Thank you for your support!
Greg Meredith has a heart of GOLD which broke him financially to care for these war heroes for 17 months he used his own money to provide surgery & needed medical treatment for these dogs not to mention the food & other essentials. AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE LOVE & TIME HE LAVISHED ON THEM!!! And then when he was at his wits end he did not abandon these war heroes he found someone responsible to take them & some have now been reunited with their former battle buddies. God Bless Mt. Hope K9 Warrior Rescue Greg his family & all who helped care for these war hereos.
This fund is a great idea, and we owe you our thanks for stepping up to help these brave dogs. However I do urge you to contact a lawyer in your area. From what you have posted this sounds like a breach of contract. The contractor is liable to you for the monies you have spent up until they told you essentially to put them down. They owe you the money even if the contract was only verbal, not written. My fear is that you won't be wholly compensated through donations, and there is no reason why you should continue to suffer financially due to a breach of contract.
Thank you Sir for taking such great care of these deserving K9 soldiers! I agree with those who have mentioned contacting a lawyer in regards to breech of contract. For those trying to contact about a dog they have a FB page. Messaging them directly from there will probably be effective!
I'm a pet lover, husband served 20 yrs Navy. I really do want to adopt one of these dogs. I rescued a border collie while stationed in Getmo Cuban crisis for 3 yrs. The dog would get a huge amount of love and attention. Do consider me as a strong candidate. Thank you Phyllis
For those asking about Chris Rains and his K9 Kim4. We found out that Kim4 had been adopted by someone after transferring elsewhere in the military. We were in communication with someone who knew the adopter and ended up being told that Kim4 had passed away. We're not sure if this is true, and did ask for the Department of Defense's Inspector General to try to find out. :(