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Feb 7, 2010 1:37 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Colorado "pet only" airline helps with dog rescue

A pet only airline crew out of Denver is making sure that some rescued dogs get a safe flight out of danger.

The Dogs were taken from a suspected puppy mill in Mississippi and today the American Humane Association's animal emergency responders will load 34 of the seized dogs onto a plane today operated by Denver's Pet Airways and flown to New York ASPCA's (American Society for the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals) headquarters for adoption. 95 dogs and one cat were removed from the property

They discovered dogs allegedly living in feces-encrusted pens and filth. They include small breeds, such as Shih Tzus, Lhasa apsos, pugs, Yorkshire terriers, corgis, and Chihuahuas. Manny Maciel, an animal handler volunteering with American Humane Association, said that many dogs appeared underweight and appear to have skin problems, among other medical conditions. Several dead adult dogs and puppies were found.

Pet Airways is the first airline specifically designed for the transportation of pets. Pet Airways pet travelers ride in the specially equipped main cabin of its planes -with a trained pet attendant on duty at all times.

The airline launched in 2009, and provides coast-to-coast service from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Baltimore, New York and Ft Lauderdale. They also volunteered to fly Chihuahuas out of California last month after animal rescue groups there were over-run with the small dogs and they ended up in other areas like here in Colorado, where there was more of a demand for them.

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