PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - A second chance at life.
A dog that nearly met his end in a war zone in Iraq was saved, thanks to a people from all over the world and a local rescue.
In Palm Beach Gardens on Thursday, "Socks" was given a hero's welcome to recognize the life-saving efforts of organizations who save these types of dogs.
Socks is now starting a new life with his new family.
"He's learning how to walk on a leash. He never knew what grass was," said Debra Cohn, an animal advocate who is adopting Socks.
Believe it or not, his journey started as a tortured stray in war-torn Iraq.
"In spite of the horrors of what he went through -- being shot, being wounded, they threw rocks at him -- an animal knows when they're in good hands," said Cohn.
He was found by government contractor Adam Schank, who lives in western Florida and works for the AMK9 Department of State. He reached out over social media looking for help in getting Socks out of Iraq.
A chance log on to LinkedIn allowed Cohn to connect with Schank, and that's when the wheels began to turn.