BOCA RATON, Fla. — According to the Department of Defense, there are about 2,700 dogs currently in active military service and about 700 that are deployed overseas.
Leaders at the Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton unveiled an American military hero dog monument Saturday.
Philanthropist Lois Pope donated the statue featuring a veteran and his dog.
The statue honors the service and sacrifice made by these courageous canines.
"So thankful for what our veterans have done and, especially, also our military dogs," Suzi Goldsmith, owner of Tri-County Animal Rescue, said. "If it wasn't for them, many of our veterans might not be here today."
U.S. Reps. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., were among the leaders present at the dedication.