When Marine Andrew Morales was reassigned to a base across the country, he tried to book a flight for his dogs, two Anatolian Shepherd mixes he rescued on an overseas tour of duty.
However, he was told that the dogs were too big for the commercial planes that could land at his new base.
Worried he might have to leave Dusty and Wyatt in California, Morales called the rescue organization that helped him transport the dogs from Afghanistan three years ago. The rescue posted his family’s story on its social media channels and made an appeal on their behalf.
Helen Rosburg, the great-granddaughter of chewing gum-industrialist William Wrigley, saw the post on Facebook and knew she had to help.
"He was going to lose his dogs and I said 'Not on my watch,'" she told ABC News. "He's a hero on so many different levels. The Wrigleys are an extremely patriotic family, and I am a true Wrigley child."
Rosburg, who founded the animal rescue organization On the Wings of Angels Rescue, chartered a private jet to fly Morales’ dogs to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Morales was grateful for the act of kindness, and said he’d like to meet Rosburg someday and thank her in person.
"From the bottom of me and my wife's hearts, we really appreciate what she did for us," he said.
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