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) (Credit: AP/Sen. Charles Schumer's Office)

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.

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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