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H. R. 5314
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 11 (legislative day, September 22), 2000
To amend title 10, United States Code, to facilitate the adoption of
retired military working dogs by law enforcement agencies, former
handlers of these dogs, and other persons capable of caring for these
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. PROMOTION OF ADOPTION OF MILITARY WORKING DOGS.
(a) Adoption of Military Working Dogs.--Chapter 153 of title 10,
United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new
``Sec. 2582. Military working dogs: transfer and adoption at end of
useful working life
``(a) Availability for Adoption.--The Secretary of Defense shall
make a military working dog of the Department of Defense available for
adoption by a person or entity referred to in subsection (c) at the end
of the dog's useful working life or when the dog is otherwise excess to
the needs of the Department, unless the dog has been determined to be
unsuitable for adoption under subsection (b).
``(b) Suitability for Adoption.--The decision whether a particular
military working dog is suitable or unsuitable for adoption under this
section shall be made by the commander of the last unit to which the
dog is assigned before being declared excess. The unit commander shall
consider the recommendations of the unit's veterinarian in making the
decision regarding a dog's adoptability.
``(c) Authorized Recipients.--Military working dogs may be adopted
under this section by law enforcement agencies, former handlers of
these dogs, and other persons capable of humanely caring for these
``(d) Consideration.--The Secretary may authorize the transfer a
military working dog under this section without charge to the
``(e) Limitations on Liability for Transferred Dogs.--
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the United States shall not
be subject to any suit, claim, demand or action, liability, judgment,
cost, or other fee arising out of any claim for personal injury or
property damage that results from, or is in any manner predicated upon,
the act or omission of a former military working dog transferred under
this section, including any training provided to the dog while a
military working dog.
``(f) Annual Report.--The Secretary shall submit to Congress an
annual report specifying the number of military working dogs adopted
under this section during the preceding year, the number of these dogs
currently awaiting adoption, and the number of these dogs euthanized
during the preceding year. With respect to each euthanized military
working dog, the report shall contain an explanation of the reasons why
the dog was euthanized rather than retained for adoption under this
(b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of
such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
``2582. Military working dogs: transfer and adoption at end of useful
Passed the House of Representatives October 10, 2000.
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