NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A United States Soldier and his dog were reunited on Thursday thanks to an animal rescue group on Long Island.
Representatives from Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Guardians of Rescue went out of their way to bring Bailey and Staff Sergeant Kevin Brady back together.
It was a long journey for Bailey, a 7-month-old mutt, she was flown to New York from Afghanistan where she was raised by soldiers in the thick of combat., CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
Bailey was originally given to Brady by Afghan soldiers, he told Gusoff that when he returned home from Afghanistan he was heartbroken to leave Bailey behind.
“People are away from their kids, their families, even their dogs back home. She provided a lot of comfort, so leaving her there just didn’t seem right,” he said.
It took the help of animal rescue groups to locate Bailey and get her to the U.S., Guardians of Rescue raised $5,000 to fly her to Dubai where she was quarantined and vaccinated before her trip to New York. More than twenty dogs have been brought to America as part of a project called No Buddy Left Behind. Stray dogs in Afghanistan are often neglected.
“These dogs who start out as strays, sometimes abused, kicked and shot by enemy forces are brought into their camps and they become a sense of home for these soldiers,” Save-A-Pet spokesperson Dor Scofield said, “It’s just an excellent relationship for these soldier and these dogs who would otherwise perish.”
Staff Sgt. Brady and Bailey will now begin a four-day cross country trip to Sacramento.
“Our care and compassion especially being U.S. soldiers, reaches all bounds, human, and canine alike,” Brady said.
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