Soldier’s Dog Gets Temporary Home While He Relocates

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A good Samaritan comes to the rescue when a soldier learns he can’t take his dog on his deployment. Army Pfc. Anthony Burris is being relocated from St. Louis to Hawaii.

The airline called Burris at the last-minute to say that he had to leave his dog Chester behind because of temperature restrictions imposed by airlines.

“They told me they don’t transport dogs if the forecast is more than 85 degrees,” said Burris.

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Burris wasn’t sure what he was going to do.

“Everywhere I go, he goes,” said Burris.  “I didn’t know what to do.”

That’s when Michele Duda offered to help. She loves dogs and is currently fostering three of them in her home.

Duda didn’t know Burris or Chester but offered to take in Chester until the temperature is cool enough to fly him to his owner.

Burris dropped off Chester Sunday afternoon on his way to the airport.

“I’m not good at giving back to my country like Anthony is by being in the Army,” said Duda.  “At least I can help them out while they are doing their job for us.”

Burris says he does not have a problem with the airline policy.  Hopefully, he and Chester will be reunited soon.

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