DES MOINES, Iowa — A Wisconsin Marine was reunited with the K-9 bomb detection dog he served with in Afghanistan during a ceremony at the state capitol.
Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach, of Madison, served with the dog, Casey, and the two completed 150 combat missions together. Gundlach credits Casey for saving his life, reported WHO-TV.
After their tour of duty, Casey was adopted by the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office to serve as a bomb-sniffing dog.
Gundlach pleaded with the state to allow him to adopt Casey and went to the capitol to make his case.
However, once the Fire Marshal’s Office got word Gundlach was trying to adopt Casey, they decided to surprise him by giving away the dog.
The Iowa Elks Association donated $8,500 to purchase K-9 Vega, who will replace Casey.
Gundlach said he plans to return to Madison with Casey, and will start classes this summer at Madison College.