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Animals rescued from Superstorm Sandy arrive in San Diego

November 18, 2012 |  9:40 am


Five-dozen cats and dogs orphaned by Hurricane Sandy arrived by charter flight to San Diego on Saturday, on their way to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe to receive veterinary care and be put up for adoption.

The 60 animals were in shelters awaiting adoption when the storm smacked much of the East Coast. With thousands of other animals, separated from their owners by the storm, needing shelter, the 60 were facing a cruel fate: being euthanized to make room in the shelters.

Instead, a cooperative rescue effort was stitched together involving SeaWorld San Diego, the Delaware County SPCA, the Save-a-Pet organization, Southwest Airlines and the Helen Woodward center.

"These are the silent victims of Sandy," said Mike Arms, president of the center.

The animals will receive veterinary care, will be spayed or neutered, and then put up for adoption.


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Photo: SeaWorld rescue team members (left to right) Anita Yeattes, Suzanne Pelisson Beasley and Jessica Decoursey on the flight from Newark to San Diego. Credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for SeaWorld.