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#1 Old 06-09-2008, 03:07 AM
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NEW YORK - Alishia Leitheiser has rescued animals since she was young, so the US soldier's mother wasn't surprised to be picking up a stray dog from a US airport on Friday that her daughter befriended in Iraq.



The black puppy with white legs and white spots -- named Iraqi by Leitheiser -- was one of 24 dogs flown from Baghdad to Newark International Airport in New Jersey this week by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International.

The dogs are set to be reunited with US soldiers who adopted them.

"I was glad she had someone over there to give her hugs and kisses when her mom couldn't," Leitheiser's mother, Melissa Moore, told reporters at the airport as Iraqi stood at her side, wagging his tail.

Pets can play an invaluable role for US soldiers in Iraq, helping reduce stress and promote emotional well-being -- even if interacting with stray animals is technically a violation of Army rules, the society said.

According to US military data released in May, newly diagnosed cases of post-traumatic stress disorder among US troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan surged 46.4 percent in 2007, bringing the five-year total to nearly 40,000. "While being over here, stress is dumped on each soldier every day, but when there is a piece of home somewhere nearby, it makes every day better," Leitheiser, a 20-year-old Army specialist from Felton, Pennsylvania, said in a statement. "Iraqi has been that piece of home for me."

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"I was glad she had someone over there to give her hugs and kisses when her mom couldn't," Leitheiser's mother, Melissa Moore, told reporters at the airport as Iraqi stood at her side, wagging his tail. [] "when there is a piece of home somewhere nearby, it makes every day better," Leitheiser, a 20-year-old Army specialist from Felton, Pennsylvania, said in a statement. "Iraqi has been that piece of home for me."

Fair enough; she might want to reconsider the name choice though.
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I saw this the other day. What a great story! These dogs deserve it. Life isn't so good for them over there.
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This is so great!!
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I'm honestly surprised that there are many dogs in Iraq to begin with.



Great story though!
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Personally, I don't know how I feel about this.... We have so many animals in America waiting for adoption, do we really need to import them?
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Mixed feelings here. Same as Annikat.
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Personally, I don't know how I feel about this.... We have so many animals in America waiting for adoption, do we really need to import them?



I agree



Poor dogs. They all need loving homes.. but yeah.. the shelters are putting so many dogs down every year here, why do we need more dogs to throw into the mix? I understand if they developed an attachment to some dogs and decided to bring them home, but the idea of importing stray dogs from another country just because you can sounds a bit irresponsible..
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Poor dogs. They all need loving homes.. but yeah.. the shelters are putting so many dogs down every year here, why do we need more dogs to throw into the mix? I understand if they developed an attachment to some dogs and decided to bring them home, but the idea of importing stray dogs from another country just because you can sounds a bit irresponsible..



It does seem that it was just soldiers who developed an attachment to those dogs who had them brought home. From the OP "The dogs are set to be reunited with US soldiers who adopted them."



If they were just bringing dogs over to be adopted out of US shelters then that would be senseless.
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It's better than throwing them off of cliffs.
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I'm honestly surprised that there are many dogs in Iraq to begin with.



Dog fighting is BIG in iraq unfotunatly



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A homeless dog is a homeless dog, an iraqi one is no more or less deserving than any other one.
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I love these stories



The dogs get a great home with the soliders that bonded with them and adopted them.
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Dog fighting is BIG in iraq unfotunatly







A homeless dog is a homeless dog, an iraqi one is no more or less deserving than any other one.





I agree with this.. Doesn't matter where the dogs are coming from. As long as they are being rescued, and given permanent homes, that's all that matters.
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It's better than throwing them off of cliffs.



Amen to that! I still can't think about that one without crying.
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It's better than throwing them off of cliffs.



OR EATING THEM!
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Very nice story, Im very happy someone is showing some kind of humanity! I dont discriminate Iraqi dog or American dog, non-dog-prejudiced right here. One dog fed in the world is PROGRESS! Just like one cow not killed is PROGRESS.

Thank you for sharing this!~
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