Penny and her brother Petey, born two years ago on a military base near Baghdad, quickly bonded with a Marine named Dave. The happy, inseparable puppies grew into excellent guard dogs, barking whenever anyone they didn’t know approached the compound.
Last October, the dogs wandered off the base and, for unknown reasons, were both shot. Penny was struck with a bullet in her lower face. Although she was bleeding profusely, she somehow managed to crawl back to her buddy Dave at the base. Medics were able to save her life.
Unfortunately her brother Petey, who was shot three times, did not survive his wounds. According to SPCA International, Penny continues to search for him.
Dave has asked Operation Baghdad Pups to rescue Penny so she can live with him and his family in Tucson.
Operation Baghdad Pups was started in 2007 as a means of safely transporting dogs (and cats) adopted by U.S. troops in Iraq to their homes in the United States, since military regulations do not allow the adoption of pets.
To date, Operation Baghdad Pups has rescued 149 dogs. i Love Dogs, Inc. has been a proud sponsor of the program since its inception. The program relies on donations to continue its rescue missions. To help bring Penny home, click here.
“Penny is one tough cookie,” Dave told SPCA International. “It’s a miracle she’s alive. She’s done her job very well for years and doesn’t deserve to be left behind.”
PHOTO: SPCA International