Stratford (WTNH) - It's known as a mission of mercy. Dogs were rescued fromGeorgia, arriving in Connecticut, where they'll be put up foradoption instead of being put to death.
Walter Harris arrives back in Stratford after flying all daylong. He is with Pilots n' Paws, a non-profit organization thattransports dogs from the South to Connecticut.
He is delivering eight dogs from Georgia that were scheduled tobe destroyed.
Wilson: "How did the dogs do?"
Walter: "They were really calm; about halfway I heard a yelpand I looked back and they were calm again and they were goodpassengers."
These are the first of 200 dogs that have been rescued from theSouth. They were all saved from a puppy mill or shelter and theirdays were numbered.
"So you might have a shelter that takes in 7,000 dogs and kills5,000. They may have lab euthanasia, puppy euthanasia just to keeptrack of the dogs and the paperwork," said Dorrie Harris of ' TheAlliance in Limiting Strays' (T.A.I.L.S.). "This is the darkside of the business; these are the dogs that are continuously bredand they are over bred and it not only affects the mother dog butthe puppies."
Over the next couple of weeks, the dogs will be transported toConnecticut and put up for adoption by the SPCA. Lastmonth, the SPCA found homes for more than 200 dogs and says it'seasy in to find a good home in Connecticut.
"You can't find puppies in the North East, in the animalshelters in the North East," said Frederick Acker of the SPCA ofCT. "Down South, they are disposing of puppies wholesale; it'snever ending."
The dogs have not been named, that will come later; right nowthey are going to be taken to a foster home before they are put upfor adoption.
"We'll really give these dogs lots of love that these dogs havenever seen before," said Dorrie. "These dogs have been in cages alltheir lives."
They will be given any medical attention they need andassessments to determine the history and temperament of theanimals.
"So there is somebody to explain that this dog is better witholder children, or younger children; are acceptable that kind of athing, so there is somebody that will know the dog and know thetemperament of the dog," said Dorrie.
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