Dogs Rescued from High Kill-Rate Shelter Coming to Buffalo

November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM EDT

WEST MIFFLIN, PA (WKBW) - 30 dogs facing euthanasia arrived on a private jet at the Allegheny County Airport in Pennsylvania this weekend, headed to new homes in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

According to WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh:

"The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team organized the mission to pick up the puppies and adult dogs from the Tazewell Animal Rescue Coalition in Virginia.

"The shelter they're in has a 63% rate of euthanasia," said Brad Childs, executive vice president for glasses retailer Eyetique and co-founder of the rescue group.

The team heard about the problems at the Virginia shelter and decided to fly in to help, picking up the dogs, including several that are less than two weeks old.  Childs says Tazewell County has an overflowing shelter due to a lack of spay-neuter programs and homes available to adopt the animals.

Half of the animals picked up from the shelter will stay in the Pittsburgh-area.  The other half will go to Buffalo, New York.  They'll spend a few days in shelters before being put up for adoption."

13 of the dogs will be heading to Mitzi's Mission in Derby. Two more will be heading to Harley's Mission of Hope in Blasdell.

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