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Published January 10, 2011, 12:14 PM

Overwhelming response to fostering Marine's dog

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — When the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County and an animal rescue group asked for volunteers to foster a Marine's puppy while he was away at basic training, the response was remarkable.

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — When the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County and an animal rescue group asked for volunteers to foster a Marine's puppy while he was away at basic training, the response was remarkable.

The Marine's friend, Diane Henjum, says they had a list of volunteers three pages long who were willing to care for the 7-month-old Basset Hound-Springer Spaniel mix named Oreo. Henjum says the dog has been delivered to a foster family in Montevideo.

The 19-year-old Marine is expected to be in training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri for six months. The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter is donating the cost of having Oreo vaccinated, spayed and microchipped.

The West Central Tribune says the foster family plans to keep the Marine updated on Oreo's development.

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