PORTLAND – About 150 dogs from “high-kill” California shelters were flown to the Northwest for a second chance.
Crews and volunteers from Wings of Rescue arriving at Hillsboro, Ore. Airport Friday afternoon wore blue in honor of one of the dogs, a pit bull named Blueberry (pictured).
Blueberry is a 1-year-old pit bull, and she and her eight puppies are being taken in by Panda Paws Rescue in Vancouver, Wash.
Blueberry's puppies were listed for sale on Craigslist by the dog’s owner in Southern California three days after they were born, said Amanda Giese, who runs Panda Paws.
Giese found out about them via a friend in California. She then posted the story on the Panda Paws Facebook page and people who saw the post called police in Fontana, Calif., where the owner of the pups lives. Police investigated and seized the dogs.
The owner of the dogs is facing charges.
Giese said the Wings of Rescue dogs are getting a second chance.
“A lot of these dogs are from the California rescue system; they don’t have a second chance” said Giese.
Giese said Panda Paws Rescue will be caring for the dogs until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and adopted out to forever families.
The group Wings of Rescue gathered six private pilots to make the journey from California.