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Dog reunited with former Marine owner in retirement

Rex spent his entire career sniffing bombs for the military, but when the German shepherd suffered paralysis in its face, it was retired from the service and may have been put to sleep, if it weren't for retired Marine Megan Leavey.

The former corporal, who served as handler for Rex during two deployments to the Middle East, launched a high-profile animal rescue campaign to be allowed to adopt the retired dog, gaining support from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and a number of veterans groups, the New York Daily News reports.

The adoption process for retired military working dogs is extensive, because the dogs need a particular type of owner who understands how to bring out the best in them, despite their sometimes fierce training. After proper safety screening and other checks, the Marine Corps decided that "Sergeant Rex" was suitable for adoption.

"We salute the Air Force and the Marines for doing the right thing and allowing Rex to be with Corporal Leavey,"  Schumer's office said in a statement, according to ABC News. "One canine, one human, both heroes. They should be united shortly and we’re glad it's happening."
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