updated 10/3/2008 12:10:10 PM ET 2008-10-03T16:10:10

Federal health officials have issued a public health warning against rabies after an Iraqi puppy with the disease arrived in the United States.

The dog was part of a rescue operation to unite American soldiers with abandoned animals they adopted.

Named Crusader, the puppy was among 24 dogs and two cats that arrived in Newark in June, according to The New York Times.

The shipment was part of an international rescue operation called Operation Baghdad Pups, organized by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International.

After being diagnosed, Crusader was euthanized. The other animals shipped around the country were tracked down and are being held for six months in quarantine. So far, none has become sick.

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