Boy Battling Terminal Cancer Realizes Dream of Becoming Army K-9 Dog Handler

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In December, 9-year-old George Rios, who was battling terminal cancer, was sworn in as an Army K-9 dog handler. (Credit: LASD)

A 9-year-old boy who may never realize his dream of growing up to become a K-9 dog handler for the United States Army had his wish come true recently thanks to members of the military in the Antelope Valley.

George Rios is battling terminal cancer.  In December, George was sworn in as an Army K-9 dog handler at a ceremony organized by local military recruiter SFC Armondo Delgado, a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In an effort to make the day even more special, the military along with the For Veterans Sake Foundation, Lancaster PetSmart and the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fire departments joined forces to create a “suspicious package” scenario in an effort to give George his first assignment as a K-9 handler, the release stated.

“George and his dog “Katie” both did an incredible job “sniffing” out the package and ultimately saved the day,” according to the news release.

The For Veterans Sake Foundation is an organization that provides alternative solutions to dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  You can get more information here: www.forveternssake.org.