150 rescued dogs, cats arrive in Hillsboro

More than 150 dogs and cats arrived by plane in Hillsboro after being rescued from California. They will move along to Washington and Canada for adoption. (April 12, 2013)
More than 150 dogs and cats arrived by plane in Hillsboro after being rescued from California. They will move along to Washington and Canada for adoption. (April 12, 2013)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 150 dogs and cats arrived by plane in Hillsboro after being saved by Wings of Rescue.

Among the animals were nine pit bulls — the mother, Blueberry, and her eight puppies. Blueberry was stolen from her owner and her babies were sold when they were just three days old. The dogs were rescued after Fontana, California police arrested a woman for selling the puppies online.

Another pitbull who arrived was abused by serving as a bait dog to test other dog’s fighting skills. Its face was mauled in the process.

“It’s pretty rare to see something like this, especially at this magnitude,” said Amanda Giese, who founded Panda Paws Rescue. “This is huge. A lot of dogs to transport in one day and it’s obviously all worth it, that elation that you feel once they finally land and you see their faces getting off the plane.”

Most of the animals are from California, and Hillsboro is only a stop along their journey. They will move along to shelters and adoption agencies in Washington and Canada for future placement.

Seven planes brought the dogs and cats to Global Aviation Airport in Hillsboro, and all the pilots donated their time.

Panda Paws Rescue, the Southwest Washington Humane Society and Dove Lewis helped out in the event.

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