Season 3 of Fox Nation’s show Hero Dogs will feature heroic K-9s that reportedly helped with the raids to rescue Sgt. Robert “Bowe” Bergdahl from captivity and to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, both in Afghanistan.
According to Fox News, K-9 Remco was involved in the 2009 Berghdahl mission along with Hatch, and both dogs were shot by insurgents in the raid after giving away their position in a field. The scene was “chaotic,” handler Michael Toussaint said, with women and children in the area to disguise the insurgents.
Only Hatch survived the mission, but the dogs’ handler was able to kill the insurgents and prevent them from attacking anyone else.
The Bergdahl rescue was successful, although the military later learned that he had deserted, not been captured.
Hero Dogs reportedly aims to depict the heroism of the K-9s and the emotions handlers can feel if the dogs are injured or killed in the line of duty.
According to Fox, the show’s third season will be released on its streaming platform just as President Joe Biden has announced plans to bring all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.
It will have been 20 years since troops were sent to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban over its part in the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.
According to Fox, SEAL K-9 Cairo was involved in the bin Laden raid, attacking an insurgent male and nearly severing his arm. Bin Laden was already dead when Cairo and handler Will Chesney got onto the scene, but Cairo was able to round people up and keep them away from the area where bin Laden was killed so that the SEALs could collect evidence and documents related to the raid.
Chesney also noted that Cairo did not harm an infant child in the area and seemed to know the difference between innocents and those who could pose a danger to soldiers.
A dog, and a memoir
While Chesney was well aware that K-9s are lethal weapons, he said in a memoir about his K-9 experiences that he and Cairo were “sharing a bed” by their second night of training, according to the New York Post.
Chesney and Cairo were eventually separated because of other missions, but Chesney never forgot Cairo. When Cairo was retired, Chesney adopted his canine partner. Cairo has since died.
Chesney was sad that Cairo was the only SEAL in the bin Laden raid who didn’t get a Silver Star, and wants him to be remembered as a hero, Fox reports.