Dog rescued by soldiers in Afghanistan arrives in Colorado Springs

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Thanks to support from the community and an organization that saves animals, a dog that was rescued by soldiers in Afghanistan has arrived to its new home in Colorado Springs.

The Plante family was able to adopt Cardi thanks to donations and the action taken by Puppy Rescue Mission. The Fort Carson family reached out to 11 News for help after the dog was found on the brink of death. WHSV's sister station KKTV reached out to the Puppy Rescue Mission and the public to assist. More than $5,000 was raised.

This is the story of Cardi from The Puppy Rescue Mission (posted months before Cardi arrived in Colorado Springs this past weekend):

"Little Cardi was found by my husband and his unit that is deployed to Afghanistan. She was extremely sick and barely holding onto life. The unit has bonded over this sweet little girl. She has helped them through some tough times the last few weeks. We just want to give her a better life in the USA."

Life for a dog in Afghanistan is brutal. Most do not live past 3 years of age. Any animal in a war torn country struggles to survive but put them in a country that is actively at war and the obstacles are huge...lack of food, shelter, vetting, love and most of all an environment that does not have the education or resources to respect their animals. The dogs in Afghanistan are guardians and for thousands of years was vital to the tribes that raised sheep and goats. Once the Taliban restricted the people to care for their animals the life for the dogs and cats has been horrific. The animals bond with our soldiers because their hearts are good.

Lets get this sweet girl to the USA!

Click here for more on The Puppy Rescue Mission.