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28 Dogs get new leash on life!

(Story and Photo credit: Greg Williamson/The Leaf-Chronicle)

(Video credit: WKRN-TV Nashville NEWS 2)

Whimpering and whining coming from inside a small aircraft could be heard Wednesday morning at the Outlaw Field airport.

With a strong breeze on the tarmac, Inge Irby of Second Chance and Happy Trails — along with several agencies, friends and Pilot N Paws volunteers Scott Messinger and Jeff Myers — loaded 28 dogs on a small aircraft headed to Bridgeport, Conn. The pilots were trying to beat the weather.

Inge Irby, left, with Second Chance & Happy Tails and Pilots N Paws volunteers Scott Messinger and Jeff Myers load rescued dogs on a plane Wednesday morning at Outlaw Field. The pilots took 28 dogs, most rescued from around Clarksville, to new homes in the Northeast. / GREG WILLIAMSON/THE LEAF-CHRONICLE

“We wanted the pilots here sooner, but the strong weather systems had kept them away,” Irby said. “Most of the dogs are rescued from around the area.”

Five of the dogs were from Irby’s rescue. Most of the other dogs were from local foster homes where she had arranged for them to stay, Irby said.

More than half the rescued dogs have already been adopted, she added.

“In the South, everyone wants a perfect puppy,” she explained. “But in Connecticut, where the neutered laws are more strict, they will take any pup or dog no matter what.”

Irby’s husband, Greg, held a small, brown, shivering poodle. Irby explained that the poodle’s owner had died and the family did not want to keep the dog. The poodle already has a new home in Conn.

Messinger has made four trips to Clarksville. The aviator volunteers his time and plane to Pilots N Paws. He said its costs about $3,000 a trip.

“I fly from Maine to southern Louisiana,” Messinger said. “I pick up more than 100 rescued canines a month.”

Irby said she couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers and places like Animal House on Dover Road, Precious Friends and others who donate their talents to prep the dogs for transport and adoption.

Story and Photo Credit:

Greg Williamson
Visual Journalist
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Video credit:WKRN-TV Nashville News 2 ABC


4 thoughts on “28 Dogs get new leash on life!”

  1. John says:

    You guys are doing amazing work. Keep it up. I am picking up

  2. John says:

    Sorry dog stepped on keyboard. Tomorrow I am picking up a dog being flown to LA and driving him 3 hours to his forever home. Couldn’t do it without people like you.

  3. Deena says:

    NOT ALL of us in the south want perfect dogs. If it’s hard for people in Conn. to get dogs due to neuter laws, then we here in FL need the same thing.

  4. Marissa says:

    As the recipient of 26 of those dogs the pilot was AMAZING. What an experience. Thank you!

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