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Animal rescue group hopes to bring Iraqi puppy to U.S.

From the Associated Press:

Ratchet the puppyBAGHDAD — The Iraqi puppy adopted by an American soldier but was refused a flight to the U.S., is alive, the military said Tuesday, giving hope to an animal rescue group that is trying to take it to the United States.

The case has cast a spotlight on Defense Department rules that prohibit soldiers in the U.S. Central Command, which includes Iraq, from adopting pets or transporting them home.

Army Sgt. Gwen Beberg, 28, of Minneapolis, left, tried to send Ratchet home with the help of Operation Baghdad Pups earlier this month as she prepared to leave Iraq. But the dog, also at left, was reportedly confiscated by a U.S. officer before it could reach the Baghdad International Airport, raising concern about the animal's fate.

U.S. military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. David Russell said in an e-mail that the dog was alive, but he could provide no other details. More than 30,000 people have signed an online petition urging the Army to let the puppy go home with Beberg.

Beberg has been transferred to a staging area to prepare for her departure from Iraq.

Terri Crisp, the coordinator for Operation Baghdad Pups — a rescue program run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International — planned to travel to Baghdad today to collect six dogs rescued by U.S. troops. Crisp is hopeful Ratchet will be one of them, but she has a substitute dog ready to go in his place if necessary.

"There's a lot of pressure being put on the military right now to allow Ratchet to leave," she said in a telephone interview.

Baghdad Pups has taken more than 50 dogs and cats home for their warrior owners, although the group had to cease its activities over the summer because of the heat.

Last week, Beberg's congressman, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, asked the Army to review the case.

Photo: Associated Press

 
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The least we can do for for our valiant military members is to reunite them with their priceless pets.

I commend the soldier that took this dog for taking the risks she took to save it. I also run an animal rescue group in Baghdad, the only difference is that I don;t have the financial backing and all the help the soliders get as I am not a soldier. To date I have managed to get 6 cats and 3 dogs out of Iraq and back to the UK. The last one came into the UK on 8th Nov 08 and is now in quarantine for 6 months. I am struggling to pay all the costs associated with this so please visit the website www.baghdadcatrescue.com and try and leave a small donation. As I said, I do not get any financial backing from anyone on this and every penny comes from my own pocket which to date is aorund £30,000. I also help others get their animals out of Iraq and details of what I can do can be found on the website

PLEASE, ALLOW GWEN BEBERG TO BRING RATCHET THE DOG BACK HOME WITH HER. IT WILL BE CRUELD AND INHUMANE FOR THE DOG TO STAY IN IRAQ
RATCHET ALREADY NOWS HUMAN KIND AND LOVE..
IRAQ IS A WAR ZONE.........PLEASE ALLOW HER TO BE SAFE AND COME HOME WITH GWEN


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