[UPDATED 2] MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Marine reunited with canine partner Sgt Rex

Marine Cpl. Meagan Leavey and her canine partner, Sgt. Rex, were trained to detect roadside bombs and other materials. Now, she's trying to adopt him before he's put to sleep.

‘REX is my partner. I love him’ – Retired marine fights to adopt military dog before it’s put to sleep.

The Blaze  Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey served with her four-legged partner Sgt. Rex through two tours in Iraq, completing hundreds of missions searching for roadside bombs until an insurgent explosion took them both out of service.

More than five years later, Leavey, 28, is fighting to adopt the dog she handled since her earliest days as a Marine before the German shepherd is put to sleep.

“Rex is my partner, I love him,” Leavey, who lives with her father in Rockport, N.Y. and works as a dog handler, told MSNBC. “We have been through so much together…I’ve spent day and night with this dog. It’s a very strong bond.”

Leavey was discharged in Dec. 2007, but Rex — considered a valuable work dog — was put back in service after he recovered from his injuries. That was until a month ago, when he was diagnosed with a kind of nerve paralysis that left him unable to serve, the Westchester Journal News reported.

It’s now a race against the clock as Leavey struggles to cut through military red tape and adopt Rex before he is put down. “As a safety precaution, they don’t give all dogs away,” she told the Journal News. She said Rex, a strong “alpha dog,” never hurt anyone he wasn’t supposed to.

“The dilemma with me is the minute they say he can’t be adopted, because he‘s sick and because he can’t work, they’d have to put him to sleep,” she said. “Not because he’s too sick to live a good life, but because they can‘t utilize him so it wouldn’t make sense for them to keep a dog they’re not going to work at the kennels. I don’t want to let that happen.”

But time is ticking, she said. “This is not [the Marines'] first priority,” Leavey told New York Fox affiliate WNYW-TV. “A lot of times it gets lost in the shuffle.”

To help speed the process up, she reached out to veteran’s organizations and to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, who oversees military service dog training. In the letter, Schumer detailed the relationship Leavey and Rex had and credited them with saving countless lives, according to the Journal News. (The first good thing  Chuckie Cheese Shumer has done in his entire career)

If Leavey’s request is granted, Rex will enjoy a sizable home with a fenced-in yard. Until she hears more, all she can do is wait. “It’s a partnership,” Leavey told the newspaper. “I feel like I know Rex so well. I’m so looking forward to seeing him again.”

BNI READER Barbara kindly gave us a link to Baghdad Pups. I’m going to write to them and see if they can help with this. Maybe you can too: OPERATION BAGHDAD PUPS

BNI contacted SPCA Global Animal Rescue (Operation Baghdad Pups) re: helping Meagan and Rex, and this is their response:

Hi Bonni,

Thank you for contacting SPCA International. We fully support Megan Leavey’s efforts and you can read more about this story on our website at:http://www.spcai.org/index.php/news-and-blog/spcai-news/item/722-spca-international-supports-megan-leavey.html

“SPCA International fully supports the efforts of ex-Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey who is trying to adopt the bomb-sniffing dog, Rex, she served with in Iraq. After years of service, Rex is being retired by the military and now goes up for adoption. 

Placing Rex with Megan is a logical choice, so that he can live-out his retirement with an old friend.  SPCA International is extremely happy to hear that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is working to cut red tape and expedite the process of getting Rex and Megan reunited.  We expect that the Marines will release Rex to Megan quickly, and we will continue to follow the story in case there is anything SPCA International can do to help make this reunion a reality.”

Thank you for your concern and support!

Sincerely,

SPCA International Staff 

An injured Marine and Purple Heart recipient has won a campaign to adopt the wounded combat dog she partnered with in Iraq.

FOX NEWS  The U.S. Air Force has agreed to release the dog, Sgt. Rex, into the care of  former Cpl. Megan Leavey, 28,  so that the two can live a civilian life together, MyFoxNY.com reports. 

Leavey and Sgt. Rex were injured in 2006 while disarming an explosive IED. After Leavey was discharged in December 2007, she asked to gain custody of the 10-year-old brown German Shepherd that she calls her partner.

Leavey’s first attempt at adopting Sgt. Rex was denied, and he was returned to service after recovering from his injury. But then he was diagnosed with facial palsy and could no longer serve. Leavey grew concerned that he would be put to sleep, so she continued her requests.

The case garnered the attention of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who intervened and sought to help reunite the pair, MyFoxNY.com reports. 

“The Marine Corps has taught me to never give up,” Leavey told MyFoxNY.com. “I haven’t so it’s really paid off.” Sgt. Rex has been credited with saving many lives during his time in service. The pair hunted IEDs in Iraq during two tours of duty.

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55 comments on “[UPDATED 2] MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Marine reunited with canine partner Sgt Rex

  1. A long & happy life to both of them, & many thanks for the magnificent services they rendered. I never thought I’d see the day I say ‘Thank you’ to Sen. Chas. Schumer, but wonders never cease. This time I won’t refer to him as ‘Chuckie’.

    • SL, that makes twice I have praised NY liberal politicians. Schumer for this and Bloomberg for supporting the NYPD against the Muslims. But even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  2. These brave dogs go through the same hell as their handlers-owners,they served their county well-above and beyond the call of duty, they have- earned their passage home,-to abandon them is a betrayal to them and the country they served,the government should pay and make it a priority to see they are united with the ones they loved and protected -they served their country,they were -soldiers -honour them.

  3. Let the lady keep the dog!! They, both the Marine AND her dog have damn well earned the privilege!!…SEMPER FI to both!!!

  4. How can we find an email listing to help re-unite Rex with Megan???

    Let’s make it happen!!!!!!

    Thanks!
    Mitch

  5. I was a dog handler, myself, in Korea in 1969 and 1970. Our fine US government would not let us bring our dogs home……a very strong bond to have broken. I thought that the military made exception to this now because dogs are trained entirely different now. They are now trained to be around groups of people without attacking where my (sentry) dog was trained to attack most anything. Wish you the best and will write a letter for you if you tell me where to send it.
    CB Anderson…Korea sentry dog handler
    1969-1970….US Army

  6. As US forces began its withdrawal from South Viet Nam, our K9 Scout Dogs didn’t return home with us. Instead they were given to the South Vietnamese military to aid in continuing the fight. By their culture, the Vietnamese don’t value these incredible animals as we do. The South Vietnamese troops resented having to ‘hump’ rations & med kits for these dogs. They would rather kill them & eat them & that is precisely what happened to these great dogs. Those dogs certainly deserved a better fate than that. Many US K9 dog handlers returned to the states grieving for the fate of their closest buddies, their dogs~!!

    Please, please do your part to save this incredible animal & reunite him w/his handler, Megan Levy.

    Mark Mitchell
    1st Aviation Bgde, USA
    Viet Nam Tour 69-70

  7. IF REX WAS A POLICE DOG, THERE WOULDN’T BE ANY QUESTION ABOUT WHERE HE WOULD GO WHEN HE WAS NO LONGER OF USE TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HELL, IF SOMEONE WERE TO KILL A POLICE DOG, THEY WOULD GET A PRISON TERM JUST THE SAME AS IF THEY HAD SHOT A HUMAN OFFICER. WHY IS THERE EVEN AN ISSUE OF RED TAPE INVOLVED WITH THIS TEAM? <- (REX & THE CPL). OUR GOVERNMENT JUST HAS TO HAVE THE LAST SAY IN EVERYTHING! IT'S ALL ABOUT THE POWER & CONTROL. i WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME ACTUAL HUMANITY SHOWN FOR ONCE BY OUR HIGHER OFFICIALS. ENOUGH SAID!

  8. my oldest brother did 20 yrs in air force police and when he got out he was allowed to bring his german sheppard with him. with obama being muslim he most likely will have all military dogs put to death like he is doing to our soldiers.

  9. I can’t believe the USMC is making it difficult for Megan Leavey to adopt this beautiful dog after he has served her so well.
    Please keep us posted on this one, Bonni.

    • U mean served her well and served The United States of America and its ungrateful citizens that could care less about this hero dogs plithe. Every free citizen of this country should be up in arms about this story and every one like it. This dog is brave and helped keep us protected.

      • Natlie, I have been trying to find a way to send donations to this woman, but have not been able to yet.

  10. Just more proof that the Muslim, putrid mass in OUR WHITEHOUSE is the Antichrist, he hates dogs. All muzzies hate them because they know how inferior they are to them. I remember the story where the special ops dog ripped the throat out of that piece of shit al quieda prick and rescued himself and his master, it is a heart warming story. Every last one of those dogs should b brought home and honored. Curse our government.

  11. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! I love dogs and pray that this great gal and her hero dog Rex are reunited; in fact, I want to see a photo of that reunion at the airport when he arrives in the States!!!!

  12. Wonderful-looking German Shepherd!!!! I sure hope Ms. Leavey succeeds in getting Sergeant Rex to be with her!!!

    Down with the “Democratic” COMMUNIST Party of the USA, down with Obama the traitor and seditionist, and DEATH to Islam!!!!!

    Long live ALL dogs, pigs, Christianity (including Judaism) and women!!!!

  13. This same issue has been going on since WWII, including Korea and Vietnam. I’m not sure but have heard of this being successfully petitioned. What is NOT clear is the lack of resolution. If the US is held not liable in any susequent negative Canine/Human interaction, what more do they want? If the dog was trained specifically to attack that would be one thing. A trained bomb sniffer on the street in a post 911 world… sounds like a good thing to me. Maybe local Law enforcement could call on her and Sgt Rex should the need arise. Too much of a good thing for our “Representative government” to appreciate? As my 1st best friend in this world was a German Shepard named Sarge, I feel her pain. Sarge and I were quite the team. Best companion and guardian a kid could ever hope for.

  14. If the military is going to destroy the dog and she wants I don’t see the problem. Unless the mohommedist in chief doesn’t like dogs!

  15. Aw, he looks so good in front of the American flag. Look at that focused, alert, proud, confident gaze.

    I love German Shepherds.

  16. They will come through for her.As stated she has a Dem. fighting for her now. Bless her for all she has done for us all,I can’t thank her enough.

  17. thanks Bni i am going to forward this to that lazy ass senator from my state get him to due something usefull, he got plenty of time to help this girl cut threw the red tape back in wasington also.

  18. I feel confident she will get Rex since that is a good human interest story and the demorats need all the good publicity they can get.
    Good luck Rex !!

  19. Who do we call or write? Don Laird, I agree that the dog is worth more then all cair members but would like to include ALL of the muslim cult.

  20. WHile I understand priorities, euthanizing that dog, just because he has outlived his “usefulness” to the military, would be a disgraceful thing to do.
    Thank the dog properly. Give him some rest and peace with his devoted human. The Cpl. knows how to handle him.

  21. One animal like this…one dog like this…in every sense…is worth more than the entirety of the members of CAIR….

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

    • Oh and by the way…..

      A woman and a dog…..two of the most reviled forms of life for muslims….

      Regards, Don Laird
      Edson, Alberta, Canada

    • 100% agree, Don. BNI – What do we need to do to help. I too, can donate some money. I read this on Drudge; no one has said what it costs and where to send money. Any idea?

      • WHO WOULD YOU BE DONATING TO? REX ALREADY HAS SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM AND MOST IMPORTANTLY LOVE HIM AND GIVE HIM A WELL EARNED RETIREMENT. I TOO WOULD DONATE IF SHE NEEDS IT, ALTHOUGH I CAN’T AFFORD TOO MUCH, I IMAGINE EVERY PENNY WOULD HELP IF NEEDED. I HAVE A GERMAN SHEPARD (MY SON’S DOG) LIVING WITH US, AND I FEEL MORE SAFE HERE WITH HER IN THE HOUSE THEN I WOULD WITH A GUN! THEIR ACTUALLY BETTER IN THE SENSE THAT THEY WILL ALERT YOU IF SOMEONE IS APPROACHING, A GUN WON’T! LONG LIVE REX! GOOD LOOKING OUT LEAVEY! KUDO’S TO YOU BOTH & GOD BLESS!

      • Brenda, if the dog is still overseas, it costs a few thousand to bring him back here (I have no idea why but it does)

      • Some airlines will do it for free if enough commotion is created. Afterwards, the airline is hoisted as a ‘hero’.

        There’s a plus here: if a dog was onboard an airline, maybe muslims won’t want to use the same aircraft…

      • FANTASTIC!!!!!

        Now, here is some wonderful news to help dull the ache of losing my late father early this morning to dementia. [Even though I saw how he deteriorated of what in younger people would be known as "Alzheimer's Disease", such that by the end of 2008 he couldn't live either by himself or be trusted with a house - even though things were inevitable - it's still not without at least a little effect upon my mood...]

        Yes, those Mohammedans hate and despise everyone and everything other than Arab Muslim MEN!!!! They hate women, dogs, pigs and ALL “infidels” (including members of other sects of Islam, even if the difference is infinitesimally and absurdly SMALL!!!!)!!!!

        And when a dog and a woman are now friends (especially when fighting against militant Muslims like Al-Qaeda – SUPERB for us, extra-hateful for them!!!!!

        ALL Western airlines should say that dogs fly on their aircraft regularly!!! Ah, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could stop Muslims from boarding our aeroplanes – and even travelling to the West, period???

        ALL Muslims OUT OF THE WEST!!!! Alle Muslimen ‘raus!!!! Hors de l’Ouest avec tous les musulmans!!!!

        DEATH TO ISLAM!!!! Islam verrecke!!!
        Mort à l’Islâme!!!

      • Contact Baghdad Pups. It is sponsored by ASPCA International. Just search Baghdad Pups to find it. They bring dogs back to the states for military members all the time. Donating pays for veterinary care and transportation to the U.S. It is expensive, but our troops deserve it.

        If you sign up, they will email you when another group of dogs need money for transport.

        Ask if they know about Rex and Megan Leavey. They might be helping.

        If not, contact The Humane League. I think they have been bringing dogs back to the states.

        For military dogs, several times ASPCA International had supporters from the states email the military to get dogs released.

        I am sure someone is working on this dog for Megan; however, it helps if all of us show support. It puts the pressure on the military.

      • B, Were all proud of you and work you do, this letter from SPCA is a relection of who Bonni really is. Your an All-Star!!!

      • nomosque, there’s a huge place in my heart for animals, more than for people I’m afraid. Thanks.

  22. All the soldiers that have had these dogs in war should be asked if they want them? Who wouldn’t want a pal that walked with you in war.

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