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160 Dogs Rescued from Overcrowded Shelter Airlifted to New Homes in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey

The puppies will available for adoption on Aug. 19 during the Clear the Shelters event

More than 100 dogs rescued from an overcrowded shelter in Arizona hope to find new homes on the East Coast.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a plane carrying nearly 160 dogs from an overcrowded shelter in Phoenix, Arizona landed at Delaware's New Castle County Airport on Sunday.

Volunteers from the Brandywine Valley SPCA and St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center helped carry the dogs off the plane before taking them to shelters in New Castle and West Chester, Pennsylvania.

"It's no small feat, logistically, to get all those animals to us, but it's necessary to save those animals' lives," said Linda Torelli, director of marketing and programs for the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

The dogs will get medical checkups before they're put up for adoption. According to Brandywine Valley SPCA, many of the puppies will available for adoption Saturday, Aug. 19 during the Clear the Shelters event.

Michele Boehmer is a Brandywine Valley SPCA volunteer. She says they hope to get the pups into "someone's loving arms" as soon as possible.

The charity funded the flight for the dogs.

It was the second such airlift the Brandywine Valley SPCA has conducted this year, taking some 250 animals from Phoenix and Los Angeles in June, the Journal reported. All of those animals have been adopted.

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