Vigil held for hero war dog mistakenly euthanized in Casa Grande

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - Candlelight vigils are pretty common. But for a dog?

It happened Friday night in Casa Grande for a female shepherd mix mistakenly euthanized last month by a Pinal County animal control employee.

The dog named Target saved soldiers in Afghanistan and lived through explosions in the war-torn country. It was brought to the Phoenix area in August by Army Sgt. Terry Young after his tour of duty.

Target escaped from Young's backyard on Nov. 12 and didn't have a tag or microchip. She eventually wound up at the county pound and was put down before Young could claim his pet.

The unidentified employee was suspended and later fired. County animal control officials are looking into management practices and procedures to ensure that the mistake doesn't happen again.

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