Soldier reunites with stray puppy she cared for overseas

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It was a paw-fect ending. 

An Army Sergeant has been reunited with a puppy she cared for overseas after a nonprofit organization stepped in to help — and a Post story led to a stream of donations. 

Sgt. Charity Webb, 29, was based in Europe while working as a cook last fall when a stray dog started hanging around the base and later had puppies, one of which was extremely shy and hesitant to hang out with the soldiers. 

“I was like the one person that was able to hold her where she wouldn’t freak out or cry hysterically,” Webb told The Post by phone Tuesday. 

“It just took weeks of like trying to get her more socialized and feeding her and showing her it’s OK to be around these big people. She was so tiny, she had just been born so she wasn’t used to all that.” 

Webb said the area she was in didn’t take kindly to strays. She’d often have to hide the dog she named Pup Pup and the rest of the litter from dog catchers eager to snatch them up. 

“For the puppies, they just kill them off because there’s so many strays so we didn’t want them to get the puppies because we knew they’d kill them, there was no doubt about it,” the soldier said. 

Webb and Pup Pup soon forged a strong bond, helping her cope with being so far away from her family and friends and her own pooch back home, a miniature schnauzer named Bruce. 

“You miss your family, you’re missing Christmas, Thanksgiving all of that, so it was good to have her occupy my time and my mind and not think about my time away and stuff so she really did help with that,” Webb said. 

However, Webb soon got word her deployment was coming to an end and she’d have to come back to the states and leave Pup Pup behind — where she’d surely die, the soldier said.

A fellow soldier told her about the Long Island-based nonprofit Paws of War, which reunites soldiers with the animals they cared for overseas once they’re back in the US.

“We don’t take a penny from any of the active military, we solely depend on donors,” Paws of War founder Robert Misseri told The Post, adding it costs on average $7,000 to rescue the animals. 

Misseri was eager to help Webb but the group was having trouble scrounging up the necessary cash to complete the mission — until The Post’s report on the soldier’s newfound fur baby and the need for donations. 

“Once The Post picked up the story, it not only raised enough money for Pup Pup but it raised enough money for a second dog,” Misseri said. 

After a long few months apart, Webb and Pup Pup were reunited at the soldier’s home near Fort Campbell in Kentucky on Feb. 24. 

“I didn’t know if she’d remember me but once she got around me and got in the house and stuff she was a completely chill dog, like how she was when she was a puppy,” Webb said. 

Video of the reunion shows Pup Pup rolling on her back and wagging her tail as soon as she jumps out of a van and lays eyes on her forever owner. 

“To the donors that made this happen, I just want to say thank you because without them a lot of animals that people have grown attached to would be like put down and I’m grateful for them,” Webb said. 

“I’m so happy she’s happy here … she’s really good, she’s the sweetest dog.”

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