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In a brief but poignant ceremony Saturday, a bomb-sniffing dog was declared retired and officially adopted by the family of his Marine handler who was killed in Afghanistan.


Marine dog Dino with his current handler, Sgt. Jonathan Overland, and relatives of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, Dino’s former handler, who was killed in Afghanistan. The Diaz family will take Dino home to El Paso. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Dino, 6, a Belgian malinois, was adopted by the family of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, who was 27 when he was killed in September 2011 while deployed in Helmand province.

Dino was with Diaz during the deployment but was uninjured.

“I don’t think that it will decrease any of the pain we feel,” Diaz’s father, Salvador Diaz, a former Marine, said of the adoption. “He’s not going to replace Christopher but he’ll give us something that Christopher loved, the Marine Corps.”

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