War dog in tug of love

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SYD­NEY: Sarbi, the ex­plo­sives snif­fer dog that went walk­a­bout in Afghanistan for over a year, re­turned to Aus­tralia on Thurs­day with mem­bers of her Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions reg­i­ment.

The 10-year-old black Labrador, the sub­ject of a tug of love be­tween orig­i­nal owner Wendy Upjohn and the de­fence force, was found by a US sol­dier in the com­pany of an Afghan in Oc­to­ber last year af­ter be­ing missing in ac­tion for al­most 14 months. Sarbi ran off dur­ing a clash with Tal­iban in­sur­gents.

Army chief Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ken Gille­spie ruled Upjohn had for­feited her rights when she do­nated the dog for na­tional ser­vice and that Sarbi was to live with her han­dler on her re­tire­ment in two years’ time. – Sapa-dpa

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