Army Capt.: Iraqi Police Dogs Need Food

The commander of an Army Reserve detachment in Iraq is begging friends back home to send food for Iraqi police dogs.

Captain Gabriella Cook says in e-mails that the 13 dogs at the Iraqi Police Academy (search) in Baghdad are living on table scraps and garbage. She says some of the dogs are sick — and there's no way to get real dog food.

Cook's unit — the 313th Military Police Detachment (search), based in Las Vegas — arrived in the Iraqi capital last month.

A Nevada veterinarian estimates that each of the police dogs needs 40 pounds or more of dry food per month.

Nevada Senator John Ensign has an aide looking into the matter.