Thousands push to bring puppy home from Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - October 14, 2008

Sgt. Gwen Beberg of Minneapolis is scheduled to return to the U.S. next month.

Ratchet's defenders are ratcheting up their efforts to save him. The program coordinator for Operation Baghdad Pups, which is run by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International, has traveled to the Middle East to try to get the puppy to the U.S.

And Beberg's congressman, Democrat Keith Ellison, is urging the Army to review the case.

Beberg and another soldier rescued the puppy from a burning pile of trash in May. Defense Department rules prohibit soldiers in the U.S. Central Command from adopting pets, but exceptions have been made.

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