L.I. Animal Rescue Group Helps Reunite Soldier With Dog From Afghanistan

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — From Afghanistan with love.

A stray dog befriended by American soldiers in Afghanistan last year has made it out of the war zone.

While on deployment, two soldiers rescued two dogs, Savannah and Trigger, from the streets and brought them back to camp where they were provided food, water, shelter and love.

Both pups soon became a part of the unit’s lives. Guardians of Rescue, an animal rescue group based in Port Jefferson, L.I., were contacted in December by a woman who was trying to raise money to help her cousin bring Savannah home.

PHOTOS: Trigger And Savannah

Five months after finding the pups, when the troops were out on patrol, local militia slaughtered Savannah and hung her from a rope.

Trigger was inconsolable and so were the men, just days from the end of their deployment.

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Trigger survived but was in danger since the soldiers’ unit was being sent back to the U.S. The soldiers were devastated to leave Trigger behind.

“Every day he’s hearing mortars go off, windstorms, sandstorms, the drastic changes in climate,” Robert Misseri of Guardians told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

“Everyone stepped up and we had to get Trigger to a safe house in Kabul, and she stayed there for 30 days and we flew her to New York yesterday,” Misseri added.

The group was determined to save Trigger and with the help of Nowzad and Hammer Out Animal Cruelty, Trigger has made it to the states.

He flew in from Kabul and arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday morning – the first stop on a journey that will eventually reunite the dog with his rescuer in Washington State.

Guardians of Rescue raised $5,700 dollars for the transport.

“A great source of comfort for them. He has a wonderful temperament. Very mild, very loving, this dog doesn’t have an agenda,” said Marianne Carrano, trainer with Hounds Town USA.

Trigger just seems to appreciate what everyone is doing for him

“It’s the first dog from Afghanistan I was able to get home, it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to help these guys out,” Guardians of Rescue volunteer Matthew Festa said.

Before he leaves Long Island, Trigger will spend time in animal rehab where he’ll be house trained, learn to walk with a leash and how to sit and stay.

The group is looking to raise funds to reunite more dogs with soldiers. Click here for more info.

“It was very important we brought him here to finish his life as an American citizen, to breathe war-free air,” said Matthew Festa of Guardians.

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  1. Cheri says:

    Soldiers should be allowed to bring more animals back with them. They form such a bond with this dogs and cats and are great therapy for them while deployed and when back home.

  2. shannon says:

    i hope they wasted all those s.o.b’s that killed poor savanah. It’s the lowest form of life those who hurt animals, especially domesticated one’s that trust us.

  3. Rudy says:

    God bless!!

  4. PHYL says:

    WHAT A GREAT STORY AND A HAPPY ENDING FOR TRIGGER HOWEVER I AM TRULY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT SAVANNA — MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE WONDERFUL RESCUE GROUP KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK — AND TO OUR SERVICE MEN & WOMEN YOU ALL MAKE ME PROUD
    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

  5. Evs says:

    i feel so bad for all the stray animals over there. things are hard enough for animals here so i can’t imagine what they’re going through in a war zone. i don’t think there are many laws preventing abuse there and i don’t think they really do anything about spaying and neutering either. there must be so many miserable stray animals over there. but i’m glad one was rescued at least.

  6. This is a good example that soldiers very much have hearts and souls.

  7. Karen S says:

    great story! the therapeutic value of animals can’t be underestimated. whether for our troops, or through the use of therapy animals in hospitals, nursing homes, schools. welcome to america trigger, we know a lucky family awaits you.

  8. 2012 says:

    What a handsome lucky boy! I could just imagine how the animals especially dogs and cats are treated in those countries. Glad this one had a happy ending.

  9. Peter says:

    what a great story !!

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