Schumer pushes to speed up military dog adoptions

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), right, Marine Corps veteran

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), right, Marine Corps veteran Corporal Megan Leavey and “Sgt. Rex,” a military working dog that Leavey partnered with to locate improvised explosive devices during her tour in Iraq, arrive at a news conference in New York. (April 15, 2012) Photo Credit: AP/Sen. Charles Schumer's Office

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Sen. Charles Schumer wants to see the adoption process for retired military dogs get streamlined.

Schumer held a homecoming celebration at his office Sunday for Sgt. Rex, a German shepherd wounded in Iraq, and the dog's handler, former Cpl. Megan Leavey, who was injured in the same incident in 2006.

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Leavey had been trying to adopt Rex for five years but was stymied by bureaucracy until Schumer intervened. The New York senator is pushing a bill that would speed up the adoptions.

Rex and Leavey have both healed and now live in Rockland County, north of New York City.

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