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Stress of war prompts soldiers to take Afghan dogs home

General May 4, 2012

Pen Farthing, founder of animal shelter Nowzad, stands in front of a cage in KabulKABUL (Reuters) – Spot made the clandestine journey from the Afghan Taliban stronghold of Helmand to the capital Kabul, where he is undergoing medical treatment before moving to the United States to live with the family of the Marine who rescued him. His ears clipped and tail severed from his days as a fighting dog, the surprisingly docile ginger and white mutt is one of hundreds being adopted in increasing numbers by foreign soldiers, who pay vast sums to take their new pets home. …

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