Dogs take flight to seek refuge from NC flood waters

A handful of dogs took a plane ride to Baltimore Friday to escape the water. (Source: WECT)
A handful of dogs took a plane ride to Baltimore Friday to escape the water. (Source: WECT)

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) – The Pilot and Paws rescue organization was in Columbus County Friday to help animal victims of Hurricane Matthew.

Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath
Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath

The group donates fuel and plane transportation to help animals in need.

A handful of dogs took a plane ride to Baltimore Friday to escape the water.

Joey Prince with the Columbus County Animal Shelter watched the plane take off with four dogs from his shelter. He spent the time reflecting on the volunteer group’s help at a crucial time for his shelter.

“If it weren’t for these groups helping us we would be putting down an awful lot of animals, we would be looking at putting down forty dogs,” said Prince. “But with these groups coming in and helping us, we have been able to save everybody so far.”

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Even with those animals getting refuge elsewhere, there are still plenty of dogs and cats in the Columbus County Animal Shelter that need a place to stay.

Prince said he was able to move seven more dogs and nearly 20 cats in addition to the ones transported Friday morning. He said the shelter will work with groups throughout the weekend to give more rescue animals a safer home.

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