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Nazi war dog comes home with G.I., 1946

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U.S. Army Sgt. James Hellard, who returned from Germany August 31, 1946 posed for an action photo with his adopted Nazi-trained war dog, Tiger, at his home in Lexington. Tiger, a 90 pound police dog was captured in May 1945 near Camp Dachau by a soldier in Sgt. Hellard's company. Taken from an SS captain, he was brought back to the camp to be a mascot. When first brought to camp he exhibited a hatred for G.I.'s by biting them, thus earning the name Tiger. After some detraining by Sgt. Hellard he gradually lost his intense dislike for Americans. Published in the Lexington Herald October 2, 1946. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

U.S. Army Sgt. James Hellard, who returned from Germany on Aug. 31, 1946, posed for an action photo with his adopted Nazi-trained war dog, Tiger, at his home in Lexington. Tiger, a 90-pound police dog, was captured in May 1945 near Camp Dachau by a soldier in Hellard’s company. Taken from an SS captain, he was brought back to the camp to be a mascot. When first brought to camp, he exhibited a hatred for G.I.’s by biting them, thus earning the name Tiger. After some retraining by Hellard, he gradually lost his intense dislike for Americans. Published in the Lexington Herald on Oct. 2, 1946. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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