Jeremy Young’s service dog found dead

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Rusty

ARCHDALE, N.C. — A service dog belonging to Army Pfc. Jeremy Young that went missing shortly after the soldier’s homecoming has been found dead.

Friends, family members and strangers organized searches across Randolph County in an effort to find the Husky and German Shepherd mix in March when it went missing after Young’s return home.

Young, a 23-year-old Trinity High School graduate, was ambushed on July 3, 2012 while helping to train Afghan soldiers.  He was sent to a hospital in Afghanistan after the shooting, then transferred to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

A Facebook page that was set up as a place for well wishes and updates on Young’s recovery also became a place for information about the wounded soldier’s dog when Rusty went missing.  The page recently announced Rusty had been found, but was dead.

The post read:

“Yesterday morning one of our neighbors came over and told us that they found (Rusty).  He had crawled up under their pool deck and died.  Thanks again to everyone who helped, made signs and prayed.  We really appreciate all of it.”

Friends said last month Rusty may have been struck by a vehicle.

Further posts on the page indicate some of the money that was collected as a reward for whoever found Rusty will go toward a new service dog for Young.

Young said the Afghan soldier who ambushed his squad used a U.S.-supplied M249 Squad Automatic.  He suffered nerve damage to his hands and legs when he was shot.

“I can’t move anything from the calf down,” Young said.  “I can’t move my ankle or my toes.”

Young was expected to return to Fort Bragg this month to undergo another surgery.  He will be medically discharged from the Army.

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