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This Aug. 10, 2009, photo shows U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brigitte Ratzlaff, of Winter Haven, Fla., playing with Cpl. Clay, a bomb-sniffing dog, while waiting to go out on patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The death of 14 bomb-sniffing dogs allegedly housed in an unventilated sealed truck while awaiting air shipment from Houston to military forces in Afghanistan has spawned a lawsuit in which requested damages may top $1 million.

Lawyers for the dogs’ owners, Florida-based American K-9 Detection Services said the animals — German shepherds and Belgian Malinois — died on Dec. 21 while housed in a truck at Animal Port Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport facility.

In an unsuccessful bid to settle the matter without going to court, a Houston lawyer for the Florida company asked the defendants to pay $1.3 million in damages and $30,000 in legal fees. According to the lawsuit, the animals — Tiny, Rex, Rocky, Crock, Dork, Harrie, Stress, Sigo, Rex, Jaco, Kimbo, Kilo, Albert and Bak — were taken the Houston shipping facility on Dec. 20. A veterinarian had certified all were in good health.

Source: Allan Turner for the Houston Chronicle.

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