Justice Call to Arms: Sgt. Rex update
Latest on the canine military hero
- Duration 4:44
- Date Mar 18, 2012
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Is -- for like a war hero sergeant -- -- military working dog with the Marines who would ten years old is about to be retired but his fate.
-- -- -- -- -- They -- together in the war torn streets -- rock.
Marine meg and Levy and her -- sergeant grass.
Rex was thankfully it make inside for two tours of duty sniffing out IED's.
And over 100 missions.
But then in 2006.
A roadside bomb exploded.
Megan and wrecks were both seriously injured they were sent back to the United States and spent over year recovery.
Both Megan and her partner were awarded purple hearts eventually sergeant -- was put back into service at Camp Pendleton.
Megan was discharged and the parents separated.
This year sergeant rackspace is retirement.
For some military dogs that could mean being put down but -- is hoping to adopt Rex and bring him home to spend the rest of his life.
Last week we called on you for help.
And you responded sending hundreds of emails asking the military to cut the red tape and reunite to do well.
So we'll make and be able to adopt Rex.
Like jelly was -- -- handler before -- and he's the author rob Sargent -- the unbreakable bond between a marine and his military working dog good evening my.
Good evening or right what's the latest is -- -- going to be able to adopt sergeant Rex.
Well I cannot officially announce anything that's -- in the Marine Corps can do that.
But what I can tell you is that Rex will be adopted out by Meghann is in the final stages of the adoption process right now.
And as soon as he gets through that he should be done very very very shortly and -- the Marine Corps I'm sure we'll come out in and announce it officially but not like it's taken years why so loan.
-- he's a great working dog he's very very good at what he does and he loves to work that's that's been his whole life.
And so it because he was useful they kept them working and he was very useful to the Marine Corps in the military's that a lot of great things.
Up until recently -- he was -- you know -- than ten years average military -- does about six to eight years.
And that's how that's how good he's been -- and out -- is following developing medical conditions.
You know it's time for him to retire and he will go to meg in the Marine Corps the military air everybody wants to see him get adopted out.
And and and get the love that he deserves what -- and so this is the process that's all.
All right Mike you wrote a book and I I was looking at a before the show started -- I'm an animal lover.
And you wrote a book about Rex why what do you think he's so special.
Ball all our military -- -- -- so because they go through so much.
But -- -- -- -- the very long time he's done three combat tours.
He I wanted to write the book really to bring awareness to all military dogs and what we go through combat and the bond that we develop.
But Rex specifically.
He has three tours were in really bad areas -- from 2004 to 2006 and Fallujah ramadi he's in a lot of combat he's been wounded.
He recovered he kept working and and this whole process you know it.
I don't want people to blow it out the water too much it's very necessary.
This transition process just like every service member black myself -- to go through when we get out of the military there's a whole transition process.
It's no different for the dogs they need to go through this transition process is well sometimes it just takes a little bit longer than -- -- And Maggie and myself and everyone else involved you know we love our dogs went and anybody else and we just want to make sure that he was gonna get out and very timely.
Efficient manner that's all.
Well there's no question.
That these dogs -- -- are not trained to be -- But I can say I was looking through the book and this dog is absolutely beautifully looks alert.
And Smart and obviously your life depended on him when you were working with him.
The dialogue -- the reason I mean we nicknamed him sexier sexy casual look so beautiful you know.
But he was also yet another nickname and -- tyrannosaurus Rex and just like you mentioned.
They're not trained to be -- these dogs have been aggressive of -- to be aggressive their entire lives.
So you just can't simply retire them and the very next day give them out.
It's very important that they go through these evaluations and everyone that conducts -- -- Just love the dogs as much as we do is never a question of whether or not he was gonna get adopted out this -- a matter of when and how fast.
And -- -- happy to sit -- -- another he's gonna come out very quickly all right well thanks so much from.