Friday , 28 April 2017

Animal Abuse from US military upper staff

soldier dog

soldier dog

One of my good college friends is in Iraq right now. A couple months ago, she told me about Baghdad Pups, a really amazing organization that provides medical care, clearance and transport for the animals U.S. soldiers have come to love during deployment in the Middle East.

There are some initiatives that everyone – regardless of their political views – can agree are fabulous. This is one of those.

Baghdad Pups gives our soldiers hope by helping them send their pets home to safety. It’s such a unique and touching idea. I couldn’t wait to write about it.

Except today, I wish I could be writing about anything else. Because something so awful has happened that I’m writing this through tears.

My friend has been held in Iraq by the stop-loss policy for over 15 months longer than her original commitment to the military. It hasn’t been easy for her–and the puppy she saved has been one of the few things that has kept her going.

We’ve been hearing about her puppy, Ratchet, on Facebook for months. She’s shared pictures of him as he grew from a frightened ball of fur to an adorable young dog. We learned when he was accepted into Baghdad Pups, and how her parents were going to take care of him until she returned home. She’s kept us up-to-date on his travel schedule, and badgered us into contributing money to bring him home.

He was supposed to be on his way to Minnesota right now. Except he’s not.

Last Wednesday, my friend’s commanding officers seized Ratchet as he was on the way to the Baghdad airport en route to his new home with her parents.

Why? Because:

“It is against military regulations for active duty troops to befriend animals”

It gets worse. According to the Baghdad Pups press release on my friend’s behalf:

“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.

Ratchet_young And to make it even worse, she is under military investigation for caring about a helpless puppy–something hundreds of other soldiers do in Iraq.

She is absolutely devastated. I’m devastated for her. I cried for days last fall after the cat I rescued died of old age. I can’t imagine how horrid it would be to save and love a pet, to be full of hope that he will be a part of your life after you finally come home – and to have that cruelly snatched away.

I don’t know why this has happened to her. She has been through so much already. It’s just awful.

Please help me get attention for her. She hasn’t asked, but I’m hoping that we can help her.

This horrible situation is happening to Gwen, but it affects all our soldiers overseas. They’re in a terrifying situation every day, and it’s not unreasonable to let them have the simple joy of having an animal that loves them. Is it?

As a 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.”

Could you take a minute to help spread the word about what is happening to my friend? We want to get news out there about her case before the military decides to “eliminate the problem” by killing her dog.

8 comments

  1. It is terrible what we the american are doing overseas killing harmless dogs. In FOB Sharana they shoot dogs blaming the Rabiesm but does dog are not sick. They are afraid of us, they run away all the time. Ask SGT.Wichman at the Paktika Province in Afghanistan, he is building bad karma upon him, he is a dog killer. Please email to the commardes of this dust hole. Thank You.

  2. this policy has to be chance, I am a doglover and Iwon’t stop loving them only because I am overseas the same way some soldiers didn’t stop loving their video game and so on either. lets put a stop on this policy.

  3. i think they should press charges it isnt far, my fiance is a marine i wood wnat an animal by my side to help me fight. they always say a dogs a mans best friend. we are all human and can relate to animals like best friends.

  4. I WANT TO START BY SAYING I SELDOM LEAVE COMMENTS ABOUT ANY TOPIC ON THE INTERNET; HOWEVER, THIS IS AN ATROCITY TOWARD HUMAN AND ANIMAL LIFE AND I HAVE TO SPEAK OUT AS SHOULD EVERY OTHER MAN WOMAN AND CHILD OF EVERY NATION. THESE ANIMALS REPRESENT THE VERY CORE ETHICS WHICH OUR SOLDIERS FIGHT AND OFTEN DIE TO PRESERVE AROUND THE WORLD. THEIR UNYIELDING LOYALTY IS A TRIBUTE AND A TESTAMENT TO THE HEARTS AND VALOR OF OUR; SONS, DAUGHTERS, FATHERS, AND MOTHERS, THE DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM FOR BOTH AMERICANS AND OTHERS WORLD WIDE. ALLOW THESE ANIMALS, THESE SOLDIER COMPANIONS, TO RETURN HOME NOT ONLY AS PETS, BUT AS HEROES TO THOSE THEY HELPED KEEP ALIVE WHEN LIFE HUNG BY A THREAD.

    ABOLISH THIS POLICY IF WE TRULY STAND FOR THE AMERICA WE REPRESENT
    -GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES, GOD BLESS FREEDOM AND ITS DEFENDERS BOTH UPON TWO LEGS AND UPON FOUR.

  5. this is ridiculous, please everyone comment and help! the things they do these poor, little, helpless animals, its human nature to care and befriend animals, its hard for us not to! why in the world would they punish them! i mean some of those commanders probably have a pet or 2 at home themselves! and what about our K-9 units? they are aloud to befriend them but not strays?? and just think out there on deployment what is too hope for and make you happy? your fellow troops, letters from home, and those animals! that’s basically it! please everyone help these poor helpless animals from their deaths!!

  6. You do realize that the rules for adopting these dogs is in place for a reason right? I am in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and they prohibit soldiers in in theater from adopting these stray animals because it has KILLED American Soldiers. The reason is that these dogs have never had vaccines for many diseases that can be passed to humans- and the US military is not going to spend money on taking care of stray animals when they are actually a hazard to our troops. US soldiers have died from rabies they contracted through a stray animal bites in Afghanistan and Iraq.. And since it was only a puppy and the bite didn’t hurt this soldier didn’t think anything of it. And soon enough he died because of something that can be completely prevented! This happened very recently as well. This occurred last summer in 2010. So, before you assume that you know everything just because it’s about cute little dogs, you may need to get the facts about the entire situation. The military will not risk its soldiers for a stray dog. End of story.

  7. Yes but they will risk the mental health of our soldiers? Dogs are more then just a cute fuzzy animal, they help humans in more ways then we can help ourselves. A soldier back from war who wanted to kill himself did not because his rescue dog stopped him, that dog saved him… Killing that soldiers healthy dog is not the answer! I understand not wanting to subject soldiers to rabies, but what are the statistics of that happening? Is it that hard to educate people on the signs of a rabid animal? Since there are so many strays there why not?

  8. It takes a weak man to have to hurt animals with no regard.

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