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Soldier reunites with puppy she helped rescue in St. Croix during Hurricane Maria

Puppy found in poor conditions after storm
Posted at 4:37 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 16:37:22-05

Bridget Burch never thought she would meet a close friend while working as a relief worker with the National Guard in St. Croix. The area had just been hit by Hurricane Maria and she was there to help.

“Those were some of the toughest conditions I’ve seen. I give those people credit for what they went through,” said Burch.

She noticed one day there were several abandoned puppies near her station. She started caring for one she named Lilly.

"We were attached. I don’t know how to explain it,” said Burch.

About ten days after the two became friends, an animal rescue group came for Lilly.  

“I knew she would be in good hands,” said Burch.

Burch returned to the U.S. last month and decided she wanted to see her friend again.

“I called up the animal rescue group and told them I wanted to adopt her,” said Burch.

Lilly was being cared for at Nate’s Honor Rescue in Bradenton. Group workers said they were helping Lilly recover. She was ready to be adopted this week, so Burch got on a plane.

“I can’t explain how happy I am to see her again,” said Burch.