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166 dogs rescued from Puerto Rico land at Palm Beach International Airport

Big Dog Ranch Rescue's biggest relief effort
Friday, Big Dog Ranch Rescue chartered a plane that traveled from Puerto Rico to West Palm Beach with 166 dogs.
Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 17:20:04-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Friday, Big Dog Ranch Rescue chartered a plane that traveled from Puerto Rico to West Palm Beach with 166 dogs.

The dogs came from deteriorated conditions from three shelters with good intentions but the inability to care for the dogs properly.

Watch the Plane land at PBIA

166 dogs rescued from Puerto Rico land at Palm Beach International Airport

Lauree Simmons from Big Dog Ranch Rescue said, "The shelters' hearts were in the right place."

Many of the dogs arrived soiled with various medical conditions from broken bones and abrasions to heartworm.

All but 12 of the dogs are being shipped to Big Dog's facility in Loxahatchee Groves to be bathed, walked, and checked out by a veterinarian.

The canines will be quarantined for at least three weeks before being put up for adoptions to ensure no diseases spread to the rest of the rescue's population. You can check BDRR.org daily for a current list of available dogs.

50 of the dogs will be transferred to shelters with vacancies in New York and Boston.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue has done a handful of flights in the last year each costing around $10,000.