LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The ASPCA’s historic nighttime operation at the Nye County Animal Shelter has taken in nearly 100 dogs they have cared for for two months following what they called horrific abuse who gave pooches a second chance to live across the United States.
Karen Walsh, the ASPCA’s senior director for animal relocation, ran the show late Friday night.
“There’s a tremendous amount of work that has been done to prepare them for this trip,” Walsh said.
The ASPCA had to mount a massive and unprecedented rescue effort to transfer the dogs to their new cruelty recovery center in Columbus, Ohio, after spending months in a makeshift shelter outside the Nye County Animal Sanctuary.
Walsh said the ASPCA, for the first time, chartered a 747 cargo plane and built special flight safety crates to hold the nearly 100-pound dogs.
“This is the first time, in our opinion, in animal welfare history that someone has flown like this in a 747,” she said.
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Walsh said the recovery center was specifically designed with expert staff to help dogs heal, socialize and prepare for adoption.
“Even though these animals are adults, their life experience has been really awful so far,” she said, “and we want to let them know that people are their friends and that their lives can change. “
Walsh said there’s still a long way to go for Caucasian Shepherds, but giving them a chance at a better life has been worth the months of hard work.
“These animals that don’t have a voice, that don’t have anyone else to help them, that’s what we do,” she said. “It’s amazing. It’s amazing. I love what I do.”
Walsh said all adult dogs will be transported to Columbus, but several puppies born since the rescue will remain in Nevada with the Nevada Humane Society for adoption.
ASPCA officials said they view each adult dog’s recovery as unique and, based on what they’ve been through, there’s no way to give a timeline as to when they’ll be ready. to be adopted.