• Thank you for your service, Cir: War dog's health failing


    PITTSBURGH - The handler of a dog that served in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of a SEAL team wants to help his furry friend whose health is failing.

    Cir, a 13-year-old German Shepherd, sniffed out bombs in war and was featured in the book “Dogs of War.”

    “He would go on missions.  He would be in front of the convoys and on a 50-foot retractable leash,” said Jonathan Williams.

    Cir traveled the world, but these days, he can only manage a few feet -- from the back patio to the backyard.

    Williams became Cir’s handler when his owner had to return to Afghanistan.

    Cir’s medical bills have added up.  He just had a $3,000 knee surgery, and the vet said Cir might have an infection or cancer.

    “I would like for Cir to have the happiest possible life that he can hive until the very end.  I don’t want him in pain,” said Williams.

    At one point, Cir had a high temperature, but it has since come down.

    Thank Cir for his service and wish him well on WPXI-TV's Facebook page.

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