BOYDS, MD (WUSA9) - A non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans in need was just told to stop their work at two local military installations.
Warrior Canine Connection, of Boyds, Md., had worked for years with service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir to train some of their dogs.
However, on October 27, Rick Yount, founder of the Warrior Canine Connection, got a call from a prime contractor that his group had to stop its work at those sites.
He said no explanation for the decision was given.
"We've been providing services for years and years and my initial thought was 'What happened?'," Yount said.
WUSA9 reached out to both sites. Only Walter Reed National Military Medical Center responded.
Part of their statement read that they issued the stop work order to the prime contractor that oversees Warrior Canine Connection so "that we could restructure the contract to enhance oversight of patient care".
The statement added: "We are expeditiously updating our canine assisted therapy program to bring an enhanced version back on-line and apologize for the any inconvenience or disturbance this temporary pause may bring to our patients and staff's normal routine."
Yount said 105 people were taking part in training at both sites as of September.
"It's just tragically unfortunate for those patients that were in our program," he said.
Full Disclosure: WUSA9 partnered with Warrior Canine Connections to train Bunce the service dog last year.
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