NewsPublic Affairs / October 17, 2017

Dogs Rescued In Puerto Rico Arrive In Indianapolis

More than 80 hurricane-displaced pets were transferred from Puerto Rico to Indiana Monday. Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society of Indianapolis, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico2017-10-17T00:00:00-04:00
Dogs Rescued In Puerto Rico Arrive In Indianapolis

A man rides a bicycle through floodwater as a dog runs beside him in the Juana Matos community one week after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

AP Photo/Carlos Giusti

More than 80 hurricane-displaced pets were transferred from Puerto Rico to Indiana Monday. 

They were rescued by the Humane Society of the United States, and animal welfare groups picked them up at Indianapolis International Airport. 

Indiana State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Erin Haung says they will work to place the pets, mostly dogs, in homes.

“Lots of different shapes and sizes of dogs," she says. "I think they are going to have, especially being with our placement partners, they are going to have a really great chance of finding forever homes here.”

Haung says it took a coordinated effort to help transport, and care for these animals.

“Being able to bring these dogs back, and these cats back, here to safety and to help the folks there in Puerto Rico wouldn’t be possible without our amazing emergency placement partners here in the states," she says.

Emergency placement partners receiving the Puerto Rican dogs include the IndyHumane and shelters in Vanderburgh County, South Bend, Ohio and Illinois.

 

 

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