A bomb-sniffing Army dog has been denied burial in a national cemetery, despite having served nine tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Mina, a Labrador retriever, was honorably discharged at age 11 with the rank of sergeant and then adopted by his brother in battle, Army Sgt. Corey McCourt.
Last week, Mina was euthanized at 13 after suffering a debilitating lung ailment. As McCourt continues his service duties, his mother June Etlinger got the job of finding a proper burial for Mina.
McCourt asked that Mina be buried in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
But when the White Lake, Michigan military reached out to the national cemetery about burying Mina, she says she was snubbed.
'I don't think he's ever been asked that question before,' Etlinger told Fox 2 News . 'So he was kind of like "no, we don't do that here."'
According to Etlinger, the cemetery even threw her a little attitude. That, she said, doesn't sit well with her.
Mina served three tours of duty alongside McCourt. The two worked as a team, with Mina leading McCourt to bombs so he could disarm them.
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