There's good news today for Ratchet, the stray Iraqi dog adopted by American soldier Sgt. Gwen Beberg. The dog will be allowed to move to the U.S. and may ship out as early Sunday. As reported earlier, US soldiers in Iraq are not allowed to bring home stray animals and the military initially denied Ratchet's release. The Army reversed its decision after an online petition supporting Ratchet's move to the U.S. gained almost 50,000 signatures and supporters called Congressional offices and Army headquaters on the dog's behalf. Sgt. Beberg, 28, wrote in an email to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, "I am thrilled that Ratchet is going home!" and said she plans on doing a "victory dance" once her dog arrives in Minneapolis. [The Times]


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