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Highground organizers plan service dog memorial


NEILLSVILLE, WI (WSAU) The Highground Veterans Memorial near Neillsville is planning a memorial honoring military heroes of the four-legged variety.

Highground volunteer general manager Kirk Rodman says the memorial is meant to remember military service dogs who saved lives, and then were just left behind. According to Rodman, “These guys go over there and serve with these dogs, and the dogs can’t come back. Rodman added that a bond forms between the soldiers and the dogs, “and it’s a real concern that the dogs don’t get their due.”

Rodman hopes that a Service Dog Tribute can become a reality by the spring of 2014.

If you’ve worked as a service dog handler, specialize in animal sculpture, or would just like to help plan the memorial, please contact Kirk Rodman or any of The Highground staff at 715-743-4224 or by email at highgrnd@badger.tds.net