Schumer: Vets should be able to adopt their military dogs

Katie Sullivan, James Marquis, Octavia
In this Dec. 13, 2014 photo provided by Katie Sullivan and James Marquis, they pose with their newly-apopted dog Octavia, a 2-year-old German shepherd featured in a segment of "Telethon Dogs" presented by Queen Latifah over the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast, at their home in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Katie Sullivan and James Marquis)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) — According to New York’s senior senator, the amount of red tape is prohibitive for any veteran interested in taking a retired service dog home.

New legislation titled the National Defense Authorization Act includes, in part, language that would ensure veterans and their military dogs would stay together post service, allowing for less dogs left in limbo.

Schumer says laws as they stand don’t guarantee soldiers will get their dogs, and he’s ready to change that.

“Every dog should have its day, and passage of NDAA will be that day for many retired service dogs abroad,” Schumer said.

Schumer promised to push the legislation, but urged his fellow senators to also see it pushed through. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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