HAWS in Waukesha rescues dogs from Hurricane Maria devastation

Posted at 10:47 AM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-22 11:49:43-04

WAUKESHA -- Many furry friends from Puerto Rico were moved to southeast Wisconsin Saturday night following Hurricane Maria.

Between 80 and 120 dogs were on the plane and they all came from shelters to make room for animals plucked from Hurricane Maria flood waters. 

"We're in a position where we can really assist," said Lynn Olenik, the Humane Animal Welfare Society executive director.

HAWS in Waukesha is partnering with the Elmbrook Humane Society to rescue these dogs.

"It'll be the largest dog rescue that we've ever taken part in," said Olenik.

All dogs will be assessed before they're ready for adoption. They're currently being situated after a long trip.

"We'll do what we can for the dogs," said Olenik.

This isn't the first time HAWS has taken dogs from areas affected by flood waters. Just last month the local animal shelter took in animals from both Texas and Florida.

HAWS says a majority of the dogs will be up for adoption anywhere between five to seven days.