Local nonprofit helping dog rescued from Afghanistan

FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Max is a pup who some would describe as a calm and gentle and enjoys a nice belly rub here and there.

It’s hard to imagine he was once one of the many strays left on the streets in Afghanistan where he faced alleged abuse and mistreatment.

Daniel Markiewicz, a Green Dogs Unleashed and a Department and Defense contractor, says stray dogs in Afghanistan are often abused and mistreated.

"In the past, we have had other dogs that have come through that have had their ears clipped and their tales clipped. People were grooming them for fighting,” he said. “Oftentimes, if a dog is stray and there is no one to care for them, people will take them and do that.”

Markiewicz also claims Max faced similar conditions.

"We noticed that some other people were starting to mistreat him, whether it be throwing stones at him, rocks at him or trying to kick him. At one point, they were spraying him with a hose and trying to hit him with a hose,” said Markiewicz.

It’s an all too common story that can happen anywhere.

“Regardless of whether I am in Afghanistan or if I am in the United States, it doesn’t matter which country we are in, if we see a dog mistreated, we have an obligation to intervene and get the care we need for those animals,” said Markiewicz.

Max was rescued by an Afghan Commander and then Markiewicz volunteered to help bring Max to the United States. The operation took a team of people.

Markiewicz reached out to the Puppy Rescue Mission for help and coordinated with the Afghan Army.

He also reached out to Green Dogs Unleashed Director Erika Proctor for assistance, who in return coordinated logistics with the Puppy Rescue Mission.

"Once we were able to get Max to Kabul in Afghanistan, he received some medical and they actually flew him to the United States,” said Markiewicz.

Now, Green Dogs Unleashed is trying to find a permanent home for the pup.

One potential adopter is a U.S. soldier who is in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Until then, Max is learning new tricks and commands in preparation of being adopted.

Green Dogs Unleashed is a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and training animals.

“We started Green Dogs because there was a need in our community, really in our country, for a rescue that focused on special needs animals. A lot of times, these animals were tossed aside or euthanized because people didn’t understand them,” said Proctor.

The nonprofit is holding a big adoption event Friday at Castle Hill Cider from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Max and other dogs that are looking to be adopted will be there.

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