February 22, 2009

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Five plane loads of dogs destined for death saved by Pets Alive Sanctuary

Tulip loved the window seat as she landed at
Orange County Airport

MONTGOMERY – Five privately owned small airplanes flew their own mercy mission Saturday, bringing 25 dogs targeted for euthanasia in South Carolina to Orange County.

The mission was coordinated by Town of Wallkill-based Pets Alive. The planes flew into Orange County Airport in Montgomery.

The dogs were rescued from kennels where they were among as many as 250 dogs to be put to death this week alone in South Carolina. Many of the shelters there have as high as a 99 percent kill rate, said Pets Alive Executive Co-Director Kerry Clair.

These dogs were transported by ground from South Carolina to North Carolina where the pilots loaded them aboard and flew them to safety.

A group of local Pets Alive volunteers met the pooches at the airport and brought them to the shelter near Middletown for care and to prepare them for adoption, said Clair.

Another 10 dogs are being driven to Pets Alive Sunday as part of their continuing rescue effort.

Anyone interested in adopting a rescued pet may call 845-386-9738.

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