Hero Military Dog That Saved Unit in Afghanistan Gets a Second Chance
By ESTHER CASTILLEJO
Nov 25, 2015
During her deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog, Layka, saved many lives and now some of them are helping save hers.
Layka, a Belgian Malinois, lost one of her front legs when she was shot four times during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2013. Despite her wounds, the dog managed to save the soldiers from an attacker inside the building she was sent to clear.
Now 5 years old and adopted by her Afghanistan handler, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, Layka faces the possibility of losing her remaining front paw from a bad ATV jump earlier this fall.
"It's a big injury because she only has one leg," said Rebecca Switzer of Oklahoma, who met Layka and her handler at an event more than a year ago. "She struggled along with one leg and now her other leg is in jeopardy."
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