Kan. Veteran Gets New Service Dog, Free Training

By: AP (posted by Carissa Fox)
By: AP (posted by Carissa Fox)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A disabled Army veteran who lost his service dog near Wichita earlier this month has a new companion and an obedience instructor willing to train it.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/PkkKxr) reports Randy Newell of Marion found his new dog last week at the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita. It's a 4-year-old chow-shepherd mix named Arnie.

Newell lost his legs when an improvised bomb exploded in Afghanistan in 2008. His service dog, a Doberman named Red, disappeared Aug. 3 while he was washing his pickup truck in Park City. Its body was found a few hours later on Interstate 135 after apparently being hit by a car.

Nationally certified instructor Kathy Adkins of Haysville says she decided to train Newell's new dog for free when she heard about the veteran's situation.

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