Fallen Marine's family adopts his military dog
- Associated Press
- June 8, 2014 - 12:10 AM
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Texas couple has adopted a bomb-sniffing dog that was with their son when he was killed in Afghanistan.
The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz adopted Dino Saturday, after the 6-year-old Belgian malinois was declared retired in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton.
The Los Angeles Times says (http://lat.ms/1uC5lfj) the law permits such an adoption if it will help a family with the grieving process.
Dino had to pass a test to ensure he didn't suffer the canine equivalent of post-traumatic stress disorder after his combat experience.
Rich Landgrebe, operations manager for the Marine working-dog program, said the test showed Dino has the right temperament to be adopted.
Diaz's mother said Dino will have a large backyard and a swimming pool in his new home in El Paso.
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