So, I am currently working on my second novel and have come to a dilemma. I want to show the brutality and absoluteness of the Agency. I have one of my MCs in officer training. Each cadet is given a puppy at the beginning of the training. They are required to raise it and train it to the standards that are put down. To graduate, the cadet has to show absolute loyalty to the agency and are ordered to kill the dog they raised and shared so much time with. The other reason behind this is they show they will be willing to order the men and women under them into a situation that may not be survivable. As I said in book 1 60% casualties is a good day and 90% is acceptable as long as the battle is won. My mc is going to struggle with this, and it shapes her into a person that is strong but resents the how cheap life is to the Agency. What I want to know, is killing the dog going to lose all sympathy for the character and if so, is it regain-able.