Dozens of Dogs Leaving AR Sanctuary

Nearly a hundred dogs that have been living at a no killanimal sanctuary in Pope County will soon have anew home. Early Monday morning JP Ranch and Rescue is sending 88 dogs to a nokill rescue organization in New Yorkwhere they will stay until they can be adopted.

A Blackwell couple started rescuing the pups four years agoafter a tornado left many of them homeless.

JP Ranch and Rescue says about 30 dogs will stay in Pope Countybut because of an illness in the family the rest are being sent to anothergroup. Veterinary crews were on site Sunday getting them ready to travel.

Dr. Corry Key with Southwind Animal Hospital said, "There areany words to describe how amazing is. Is because there are parts of the countrythat have a pet shortage and we can take the animals here that don't have homesand send them up there and maybe some of the animals will get new dogs forChristmas."

Pets Alive has agreed to take all 88 dogs into both of theirlocations in New York-Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown,NY, and Pets Alive Westchester in Elmsford NY. Southwind AnimalHospital will be providing a person toact as dog handler and ensure the safety of the dogs during the trip to thePets Alive locations in New York.

"All the dogs are so wonderfully happy, affectionate and ingood condition," says Kerry Clair, Pets Alive Executive Director. "These dogswill be easy to place at our facilities in New York. While this is a massiveundertaking for any rescue (to step in and help this many dogs at one time), weare glad that they are in good condition and that we have been assisted in thismission by some great organizations."

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