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PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO BRING RATCHET HOME WITH HIS SOLDIER FRIEND

Dear all,

please read and share this news and sign the petition, it's heartbreaking but we can move mountains with compassion!

Thank you
Maria xx

PETITION link -

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

Soldier who saved puppy from life of hardship in Iraq could see her dog executed by U.S. superiors

By Eddie Wrenn/World News Online
Last updated at 7:23 PM on 07th October 2008

Young Ratchet could face the death-penalty by U.S. Army officials

A soldier who saved the life of a young puppy in Iraq and expected to bring him back home with her could see her dog executed by her U.S. superiors.

Sgt. Gwen Beberg befriended puppy Ratchet while serving in Iraq, and sent regular dispatches to her home in Minneapolis charting the dog's process, with 100s of fans tuning in on Facebook to follow the pup's life.

But the U.S. military takes a strict line with soldiers befriending animals, and confiscated Ratchet as Sgt. Beberg prepared to fly home from Baghdad Airport at the weekend.

Now animal charity Operation Baghdad Pups, which has the motto 'No buddy gets left behind', is pleading with the U.S. Army to allow Ratchet to fly out of the country - amid fears the military will shoot the puppy in the head execution-style.

Sgt. Beberg's mother Patricia said: 'This year has been extremely difficult on my daughter and her family. It has been a year of disappointments, loneliness, and fear because of all the sacrifices the army has required of Gwen.

'Ratchet was the savior of her sanity. Now they have cruelly ripped Ratchet away from her and sentenced him to death. I don't know how my daughter will cope. Ratchet has been her lifeline.'

Sgt. Beberg is also under military investigation for befriending the dog that saved her life.

A close friend of Sgt Beberg said: 'It hasn't been easy for her - and the puppy she saved has been one of the few things that has kept her going.

'She's shared pictures of him as he grew from a frightened ball of fur to an adorable young dog.

'She's kept us up-to-date on his travel schedule, and badgered us into contributing money to bring him home.

'Soldiers can face immediate court-marshal for befriending animals and some even see their animals brutally murdered by a direct gunshot to the head from commanding officers who will not bend the rules.

'It was so close... Ratchet was on his way to the airport. And now he might be killed, just because some power-hungry officers decided to flex their muscles and punish an innocent animal because Gwen dared to care about him.'

One soldier wrote to Baghdad Pups: 'I have sacrificed a lot to serve my country. All that I ask in return is to be allowed to bring home the incredible dog that wandered into my life here in Iraq and prevented me from becoming terribly callous towards life.'

The charity Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International has joined Baghdad Pups in asking the U.S. Army to show clemency to Ratchet, and allow the dog to return to gwen's parents in Minneapolis and friends of Gwen have launched a campaign to get American senators to intervene.

An international campaign has now been set up to save the Army's policy

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO STOP THE BRUTAL, SENSELESS MURDER OF INNOCENT ANIMALS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR SOLDIERS AND LOVED THEM THROUGH THE HORRORS OF WAR. THE MILITARY'S POLICY IS ANTIQUATED, 19TH CENTURY THINKING. THE POLICY MUST CHANGE SO THAT LOVING ANIMALS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR TROOPS THROUGH THICK AND THIN - KEPT THEM SANE - AREN'T "REWARDED" WITH A CASUAL BULLET TO THE HEAD.
posted by maria daines on Wed Oct 8, 2008 @ 06:15 PM     2 comments    post a comment
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Look at them, you can tell they love each other.
So help me, our system has no soul.
Maybe we can end this in the dogs favor. *pets the doggy*
Keep up the good fight, Maria, and thanks for bringing this to our attention.
:: posted by Dreamlight on Wed Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:42 PM   
Dear Dreamlight,

thank you so much for caring and for your reply, it's nice to know someone reads my blogs smile :) I have a feeling the only way this story will have a happy ending is if there is a massive public outcry in favour of saving Ratchet and that's why I feel compelled to pass this on, I just have to share this sad tale in hopes that even with all the killing and war in this world, that just sometimes it stops and for a moment people take stock and do the right thing, even those at the top of the tree who have a different perspective on the world, and who often miss the small miracles that make life worth living.

Love and hugs to you and bless you!


Maria xx
:: posted by maria daines on Thu Oct 9, 2008 @ 12:22 PM   
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