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Ala. dogs on special flight to new home

Updated: Friday, 16 Mar 2012, 10:01 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 16 Mar 2012, 1:56 PM CDT

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) – A plane took off from the Bay Minette Airport Friday with some very special cargo; seven dogs that were saved from death row at the Mobile and Baldwin County animal shelters.

Two of the lucky pups were Oreo and Taboo.

Southbark President Emily Thompson said they were days away from being euthanized at the Mobile County animal shelter.

“These dogs are really lucky. They came from awful situations. One of them had really bad skin problems and was given just a couple of hours to live at the shelter, and we snatched him up. And thankfully, our rescue partners up north agreed to take them,” said Thompson.

Southbark pulls dogs from local high-kill shelters and places them in better situations across the country.

“They are really sweet dogs, and they deserved to be curled up on the living room floor at night not tossed out like trash,” said Thompson.

Placing them is only part of the task; the dogs have to be transported, too.

Mary and Todd Brooks were in the cockpit Friday. The Huntsville residents fly the pups for the Pilots-N-Paws organization.

“They provide us with the dogs, and we take them to their destinations,” said Todd Brooks.

Also on board are five dogs from the Baldwin County Animal Shelter. It’s a packed plane, but the Brooks wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We’re animal lovers, and they are just unconditional love. And, it’s sad that so many people abuse animals like they do. And every animal you save, it’s an emotional great feeling,” said Mary Brooks.

The dogs were dropped off in different locations and safe from euthanasia.

It’s a much different situation then they were in just a few weeks ago.

“They are going to be in great situations. They will be spoiled rotten and taken really good care of,” said Thompson.

It takes a lot of time and money for these pilots to transport these dogs, but they said it’s a great way to enjoy their favorite hobby while giving pups like these a second chance.

Before stopping in Bay Minette, the Brooks picked up and dropped off 11 other dogs.