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Gwen Beberg is a Sgt in the 101st Airborne Motorpool out of Ft. Campbell, KY. Sgt. Beber-is stationed in Iraq. On 11 May 2008, soldiers under her command were taking trash to a trash pile. They noticed in the pile of burning trash a little puppy. They rescued the puppy and brought it to their Sgt. Gwen Beberg. The soldiers took a vote and named the puppy “Ratchet.”

Sgt. Beberg and Ratchet bonded. Basically Sgt. Beberg became Ratchet’s mommy. However, the Army has rules against Soldiers bonding with dogs, cats, domestic animals etc… This rule against bonding and or adopting domestic animals is in the same category as the rule of not drinking or doing drugs. Arguably there is a reason for the rules about bonding or adopting domestic animals. Packs of dogs in Iraq of up to one hundred are not unheard of. These packs are hungry and without homes; attacking people or feeding on dead bodies may be the only way to feed themselves. Moreover, access to veterinarians and vaccinations such as rabies is severely limited in Iraq.

Nonetheless, many Soldiers and Marines in Iraq have bonded with animals and brought them home. One of the more famous cases is USMC Major Brian Dennis and his dog Nubbs. There is an organization dedicated to helping these Soldiers and Marines bring their four legged loved ones home- Baghdad Pups Baghdad Pups - Home
Money was donated specifically to Baghdad Pups to bring Ratchet home


Patricia Beberg, Sgt. Beberg’s Mother is standing by waiting to welcome Ratchet home. Ratchet was scheduled to fly out of Baghdad on 1 October 2008. However, on the way to the airport the Army Convoy that Ratchet was on was stopped by Army officials and Ratchet was detained and taken away from Gwen. Animals are not allowed on convoys. On 4 October 2008, Ratchet was returned to Gwen. On 9 October 2008, Sgt. Beberg returned from duty and found that Ratchet, his collar and chain was gone. Sgt. Beberg has no idea where Ratchet is. Sgt. Beberg contacted her First Sgt but to no avail.

Sgt. Beberg is terrified that the Army will put Ratchet to death before she can get Ratchet on the plane home. Some Commanding Officers work with their Soldiers to help bring their beloved animals’ home. Other Commanding Officers have forced Soldiers to write the order to put their dogs to death or have forced them to stand by and watch while the dog is shot. There is even one case of a dog-a little white puppy being beheaded.


We are Americans, our tax dollars pay for our Armed Forces. Our men and women in uniform have been through enough. Let the Army know that you know about Ratchet and Sgt. Gwen Beberg. Urge the Department of Defense to act compassionately.

Call Fort Campbell-Ask for Public Affairs Phone: (270) 798-3025 or (270) 798-9793

Call or Email the White House YES!! The White House [email protected]
202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Contact your Congressperson and Senator to find their contact numbers and email go to THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Contact CNN and Fox NEWS CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News or Breaking News | Latest News | Current News - FOXNews.com

Important: Please sign the petition as well, we really need your help!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/clemency-for-ratchet
 

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Yes, Mission Accomplished!!

I'm so happy it all worked out! It was close. If it weren't for the people that signed that petition, Ratchet would be scared and alone facing certain death. Gwen would be heartbroken. Baghdad Pups (SPCA) is hoping this will open new dialogue between animal welfare groups and the military. The Humane Society is getting involved as well by pushing that we add guidelines against animal cruelty to military regulations, and allow soldiers to arrange for pets they adopt to be sent home. This would not cost taxpayers anything, as the soldiers would raise the funds and arrange to transport with Baghdad Pups. Anyway, I appreciate Dog Food Chat for allowing me to post about Ratchet on this forum. Thanks!
 
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