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Long Island Shelter Takes In 70 Dogs Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018 - 11:37 am

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- North Shore Animal League America on Long Island brought up 70 dogs from shelters in South Carolina and Virginia to make room for the animals that will be displaced because of Hurricane Florence.

Director of Offsite Operations Anthony Angioletti says they were able to save 1,5000 animals when Katrina hit in 2005 and rescued hundreds of other animals years later when Sandy hit in 2012.

Now, they're stepping in to help as Hurricane Florence batters The Carolinas.

"What happened with Sandy we know the effects firsthand," Angioletti said. "We feel for our shelter partners, and for the animals and for the families that are going through this."

The dogs are being checked over  to see if they have any medical needs and some will be up for adoption starting this weekend.

"We do have two mamas -- one mama has six babies, the other mama has two babies. We were able to rescue to puppies that are brother and sister, they were left in the woods. Just left out there to fend for themselves. Our rescue partner was able to get them and they're here with us now and they're great little dogs," Angioletti said. "Animals are so resilient, they just come back from anything that's thrown at them. These animals may be a little undernourished but here they'll receive every care that they need."

And they are looking for donations because the League is planning to go back to the shelters and rescue more animals.

"We have our emergency rescue team on standby ready to deploy on Monday to go and help with the aftermath," Angioletti said.

They are looking for paper towels, water, wee wee pads and cat litter.

Other shelters in the Tri-State area are also helping out. Pack Leaders Rescue in East Hartford, Connecticut took in about 40 cats from a South Carolina shelter.