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Army Dogs Get New Fort Bliss Kennel Complex

Friday, Nov 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:01 AM CDT
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Army Dogs Get New Fort Bliss Kennel Complex

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Gate Soldiers inspect all vehicles entering Fort Bliss, home of the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Center.

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Military working dogs at Fort Bliss are getting a spanking new dog house.

The El Paso Times reports the Army is building a $2 million kennel complex for military working dogs trained in drug and bomb detection. The deputy director of emergency services at the Army post, Steve Edmonds, says the complex will replace aging kennels that once served as the Rod and Gun Club in the 1970s.

The 6,000-square-foot complex will include refrigerated air, instead of evaporative coolers, and will house up to 20 dogs instead of the present dozen. The complex will have onsite veterinary care and dog training.

The dogs to be housed in the kennel will support troops on deployment or are returning from deployment. Work is expected to complete by the end of June.

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