Pittsburgh team flies to Gulf Coast to rescue more than a dozen dogs after Hurricane Sally

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — A rescue team from Pittsburgh returned from the Gulf Coast Friday night with more than a dozen dogs after Hurricane Sally ravaged the region.

Channel 11 was there when the team got back to Allegheny County Airport.

If you want to receive local news alerts, please download our WPXI News App. You can also follow WPXI on Facebook and Twitter.

The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue team flew more than 1,100 miles to Louisiana to rescue the dogs. The pets were given up by their owners, who were no longer able to care for them because of the extensive damage done to their homes from the hurricane.

“These are dogs in the most heartbreaking condition. Imagine you have to give up your animal after you lost everything. It’s almost a heroic thing to do, so we sent our plane down to help them,” said Jonathan Plesset, co-founder and pilot of the team.

The dogs were taken to the Somerset Humane Society, where they will hopefully find forever homes soon.