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New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba holds one of eight dogs rescued from the battlefield in Afghanistan and flown to New York, where they are to be adopted by some of the soldiers in Port Jefferson Station. The soldiers found the dogs in Afghanistan. A New York organization raised funds to have the dogs sent to the United States, where they will be adopted by the soldiers. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Afghanistan veterans reunited in Port Jefferson Station with 8 battlefield dogs

National Guard soldiers from New York who befriended a stray dog while on patrol in Afghanistan were reunited with the 65-pound mixed breed and her seven rambunctious puppies after the animals arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday.

New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba
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New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba holds one of eight dogs rescued from the battlefield in Afghanistan and flown to New York, where they are to be adopted by some of the soldiers in Port Jefferson Station. The soldiers found the dogs in Afghanistan. A New York organization raised funds to have the dogs sent to the United States, where they will be adopted by the soldiers. (Sept. 4, 2013)

New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba,
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New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba, left, is reunited with one of eight dogs rescued from the battlefield in Afghanistan and flown to New York in Port Jefferson Station where they are to be adopted by some of the soldiers who found them in Afghanistan. At right is 1st Lt. Joseph LaPenta. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Members of the New York National Guard are
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Members of the New York National Guard are reunited in Port Jefferson Station with eight mixed breed dogs that they found while on patrol in Afghanistan earlier this year. A 65-pound mixed breed named Sheba was "adopted" by the team of soldiers earlier this year. When Sheba had a litter of puppies in March, the soldiers helped Sheba nurse them to health. A New York organization raised funds to have the dogs sent to the United States, where they will be adopted by the soldiers. (Sept. 4, 2013)

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Members of the New York National Guard are
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Members of the New York National Guard are reunited in Port Jefferson Station with eight mixed breed dogs that they found while on patrol in Afghanistan earlier this year. A 65-pound mixed breed named Sheba was "adopted" by the team of soldiers earlier this year. When Sheba had a litter of puppies in March, the soldiers helped Sheba nurse them to health. A New York organization raised funds to have the dogs sent to the United States, where they will be adopted by the soldiers. (Sept. 4, 2013)

From left, Sgt. Travis Burton, of Cincinatti, Ohio,
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From left, Sgt. Travis Burton, of Cincinatti, Ohio, Sgt. Kevin Singer, of Freeprt, Capt. Clinton Green, of Staten Island, Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba, of Long Beach, Sgt. Alex Rontondi, of Jamesville, and 1st Lt. Joseph Lapenta, of Staten Island, were reunited with their base dog Sheba and her seven puppies at the Save-A-Pet Foundaton in Port Jefferson Station. (Sept. 4, 2013)

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