Sgt. Rex is finally coming home, declared Senator Chuck Schumer this morning after Rex has been cleared for adoption and reunion with a former Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey.
Rex, a 10 year old German shepherd who served in Iraq as a bomb sniffing dog, has retired from active duty “because a facial paralysis he had developed would interfere with his bomb-sniffing abilities,” reported Luis Martinez for ABC News.
Cpl. Leavey developed a bond with Rex while working together during two deployments. As the two patrolled a road in 2006, an IED was detonated injuring both, resulting in Cpl. Leavey’s retirement. Leavey attempted to adopt Rex at that time, however he recovered and was cleared to work as military dog. Now, five years later, as Rex was to retire for good, Leavey renewed her adoption efforts and recruited extra help in the form of Sen. Schumer and veterans groups in New York, reported Martinez.