Wylie’s Fight for Freedom: A War Dog’s Journey

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Wylie has been to hell and back.

The stray was rescued in war-torn Afghanistan recently after a harrowing ordeal. Locals captured him and forced him to fight another dog: he was nearly killed in the bloody match that saw him fighting for his life. His muzzle was slashed open, he had his tail, penis and ears cut off, and he was then thrown under a moving car. By all rights, the battered dog should have died.

Wylie’s luck took a major turn when he was found by the British soldiers who managed to rescue him. They brought him to the Kandahar airfield to be examined by Australian Federal Police agent, Narelle Jensz. Jensz had arrived from Gundaroo and was in Afghanistan to use her veterinary science skills to treat injured dogs.

Jensz and a team of US army medical staff treated Wylie and managed to nurse him back to health over a long period of time. And then she fell in love.

“Wylie has the ability to win you over without even trying,” she said. “For a dog who has endured so much at the hands of humans, there is no malice or aggression, just forgiveness. He is a survivor”.

Jensz said Wylie was an inspiration to soldiers serving in a hostile war zone. “He had become the symbol of hope and strength to so many. Wylie is a pivotal part of my life and my experience in Afghanistan because of what he represents and the efforts of those around him. Its a bond stronger and more profound than most”.

Wylie is now in Britain completing a six month quarantine while British dog rescue charity group Nowzad Dogs attempts to raise funds to get him to Australia. See nowzaddonations.chipin.com/wylie to learn how you can help.

Jensz says she can’t wait to welcome Wylie home. “I’m looking forward to giving him the biggest hug in the world and reminding him people are not about to give up on him,” she said. “The next step is to introduce him to grass and the rolling waves of the ocean”.

14 thoughts on “Wylie’s Fight for Freedom: A War Dog’s Journey”

  1. Well said Jeanne. Monster is a universal status, and there will always be people who wrap their evil deeds in the cloak of religion–any religion.

    I’m sure that most of the people of Afghanistan don’t typically mutilate dog penises, or throw dogs under cars for sport. As for the rest, dog fighting is still common in many parts of the US, and even my poor little min-pin had his tail docked before I could prevent it. Many dog-loving acquaintances of mine advised me to crop his ears as well, all in the name of “looks.”

    I think we all need to take a good long look at our own cultures before we start throwing stones.

  2. I have tears on my eyes after reading this story. I cannot believe how people can be so cruel towards animals , for me those people are disgusting and sick!! They should be behind the bars like criminals. Wylie’s story it’s heart breaking story , and thanks for people like you Jensz ,I still have hope that one day all this cruelty will stop. Congratulations for the amazing work that you and the other soldiers do to help these poor animals to have a better life!! I believe in God and angels and for me you are an angel… I really want to help him to come to Australia, how can I help? I am sure he will find a nice home here and a family that will love him and treat him the way he should be treated. I live in Sydney and I would love to visit him in Canberra , but if he does not find a home there, it will be my pleasure to adopt him. Thank you very much for the great job you do! Best wishes, Lenise Morais


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