Marines make dogs’ lives eas­ier

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THEY have been away from home and loved ones for months but a trip to the Townsville’s RSPCA Adop­tion Cen­tre has filled the hearts of some of the most hard­ened United States Marines.

About 15 US Marines with Com­pany L, 3rd Bat­tal­ion, 4th Marine Reg­i­ment, 1st Marine Divi­sion yes­ter­day vol­un­teered for so­cial­is­ing, walk­ing and train­ing dogs and clean­ing out en­clo­sures.

RSPCA an­i­mal at­ten­dant Zoe Biggs said the shel­ter was al­ways short of vol­un­teers so the Marines were a wel­come morale boost for staff and the an­i­mals.

Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing 3/ 4 In­fantry Bat­tal­ion’s Com­pany L Cap­tain Tom Schue­man said while his Marines were in Aus­tralia to train for war, the group wanted to be good guests.

“Our mis­sion first and fore­most is to be ready to fight, part­nered with our al­lies, but an ad­di­tional part of our mis­sion is to give back to the com­mu­nity,” Capt Schue­man said.

Read the full story in De­fend­ers, in­side the Townsville Bulletin to­day.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

LEAD ROLE: US Marine Cap­tain Tom Schue­man with dog Ir­rawaddy.

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