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Rescued puppies flown to Tampa

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TAMPA (AP) -

Hundreds of dogs are on their way to new homes, many in the Bay Area, thanks to the largest ever rescue operation Saturday by the organization Pilots N Paws.

Volunteer pilots flew to shelters in Georgia where dogs were facing euthanasia and brought them back to no-kill shelters along the East Coast; 34 puppies were taken to the Bay Area.

"You can do good things with a plane," said George Dahlbeck, a pilot from Sarasota. "We're moving those dogs out of kill shelters and who can resist a little puppy? It's a nice thing to do. You got to give back to the world."

Organizers said they saved roughly 400 dogs; pilots also flew them to North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey.

The puppies are up for adoption through the Suncoast Animal League.

"To know that they'd be up there and probably wind up being killed because nobody wants them and they come down here and they're adopted really quickly is just amazing," said Terry Pemru with Suncoast Animal League.

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