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When animal rescue groups like the Puppy Rescue Mission heard about Rufus and Target, these organizations made sure the story didn't end there. They were able to raise enough money to help Sgt. Young adopt Target and fly her to his home in Arizona. Rufus was also flown in and adopted by Sgt. Chris Duke, another soldier in the 48th Infantry.

"It's really a dream come true. I never thought I would see her again," Sgt. Young says. "The dogs were definitely heroes that day, and I cannot stress enough how many lives they saved."

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