Skip to comments.Marine Seeks to Adopt Military Dog [Red Tape: IED Dog May Be Put Down Before Marine Can Adopt]
Posted on 03/10/2012 9:26:39 AM PST by bimboeruption
A former Marine is hitting bureaucratic red tape in her quest to adopt the military service dog she served with in Iraq before it is put down.
Former Corporal Megan Leavey, of Rockland County, wants to take in a German shepherd named Sergeant Rex. They hunted for IEDs on Iraq during two tours of duty.
They were both severely injured in Iraq when an IED exploded near them. The dog is 10 years old now and can no longer serve.
"This is not (the Marines) first priority," Leavey admits, "A lot of times it gets lost in the shuffle."
But time is running out for the faithful dog.
"He's done his duty. It's time for him to relax," Leavey says.
Sen. Charles Schumer has stepped in and has asked the military to expedite Leavey's application to adopt Sergeant Rex before he is put to sleep.
"The Marines don't have a reason against reuniting them, it's just a slow bureaucracy," Shumer says.
"It's life or death," Leavey says for her former partner.
WOW! Can't believe I have something good to say about Chuckie.
Maybe some Democrats have a heart afterall.
There should be procedures in place for such things. If a dog has dutifully served and somebody is willing to adopt it at the end of its service life, it shouldn’t take more than 24 to 36 hours to complete the process.
I don’t know, but I suspect it’s a liability issue. Seems like they could find some way to mitigate that.
Well, that’s where full disclosure comes in. The military can create a profile as to what makes a suitable owner (no kids, former military personnel, police dog trainers), make sure the dog is up to date in shots, etc.
If I’m not mistaken, if a seller can document full-disclosure on a product, they’re fairly well protected from liability issues.
And this from the “law makers” who were so much in a hurry that they passed a 2,471 page, 1,147,271 word bill in the middle of the night, without reading it.
I did a search and nothing came up.
That’s because they are two very different titles. It looks like there is being enough publicity generated to speed up the adoption process, especially if the general public starts chiming in.
Woof!! and good luck Corporal Megan Leavey. I hope you succeed in saving this hero dog’s life.
I feel the same way about Schumer but on this one he has got it right and rightfully so.
This dog and her handler have saved lives. There is no reason to kill this canine hero. OIF vet
Don’t count on it. Vito Corleone did kindnesses for individuals, too, but he always made it a condition of his involvement that, one day, he would ask for a favor.
But, in reality, as with the mob, there’s never “just one favor” that gets the government, like a vampire invited into your home, out of your life.
That is the Office of Veterans Affairs number.
Dear Lord, whatever you do, do NOT try to email them, it is a total and absolute mess. Shakes head, sleep tight your government is awake : |
May God bring Megan and Rex together again, and may He guide our course as well.