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Royal Marine in line for animal award
2:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A FORMER Royal Marine who set up a charity to rescue dogs in Afghanistan has been nominated for an accolade at the Animal Hero Awards.
Sergeant Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing, 43, set up the trust called Nowzad Dogs after he was stationed in the town of Now Zad in 2007 and broke up a dog fight locals were watching for sport.
One of the injured pooches followed him back to the barracks, and before long troops had acquired a number of injured or stray animals.
Pen, who is originally from Dovercourt, could not face abandoning his new friend, also called Nowzad, when he returned home and set up the charity after leaving the Helmand Province.
“I couldn’t leave behind the dog who thought I was his best buddy so I hatched a plan to get him back with me. He still lives with me now.
“Since then it has grown so much and we have helped over 600 soldiers bring their pets home from Afghanistan,” Pen explained.
• Nowzad Dogs relies on donations from members of the public to keep going. For more information or to make a donation visit www.nowzad.com.
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