BAGHDAD — The Iraqi puppy adopted by an American soldier but initially blocked by the military from traveling to the United States is finally en route to his new home.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International says Ratchet was picked up in Baghdad on Sunday and was placed on a charter flight.
It's the third time the SPCA's Operation Baghdad Pups has tried to collect Ratchet on behalf of Army Spc. Gwen Beberg of Minneapolis.
The case gained international attention after Beberg complained she couldn't take the puppy home. U.S. military rules bar troops on duty from having pets or taking them back to the United States.