WNY contractor who saved dog’s life in Afghanistan speaks out

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Zachary Knorr has been a dog lover all his life. So, when he found the injured black and white dog, who was just a few weeks old, he had to step in and help.

Knorr is a security contractor working with armed forces in Afghanistan. When he found Piggy the dog was bleeding and distressed. Knorr says, the Afghans cut his ears off and part of his tail to prepare him for fighting, but didn’t dress his wounds for healing.

“He was injured when we found him, his ears were bleeding his tale was bleeding,” Knorr said. And so, we just found whatever supplies we could and nursed him back to health. He was just off bottle feeding, I guess so he able to eat regular food by the time we got him.

Over the next few months, Piggy grew and his personality began to show.

“Well, he’s definitely loveable to everybody,” he said. “Whenever we brought him over, he would come over and we’d hang out together, he’d sleep on my feet and I’d just do some work and he’d sit on my lap and just hang out.”

The dog got his name because he looked like a guinea pig when Knorr found him.

“He looked just like a guinea pig, he was really small,” he said.  “I didn’t think he would ever get to the size he is now.”

The dog is currently staying at a foster home locally, waiting for his dad’s return. Knorr says he’ll be back in Western New York, sometime in October, and he can’t wait to be reunited with Piggy.

“I’m sad I can’t be home for it,” he said. “I just want to be home and I want to start our life together.”

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