A flight carrying dozens of dogs crashed on the morning of November 15. According to CBS News, it had been transporting the dogs to a humane society in Wisconsin when it crashed onto a golf course. Despite the plane’s wings being ripped off, everyone on board, including the dogs, survived the accident. 

What happened:

Around 300 gallons of jet fuel spilled onto the ground and into a nearby marsh. It has since been cleaned up. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

“While this is a very large incident…this could have turned out so much worse,” said Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Haerter. “The pilot did exactly what he should have done.”

Furry friends saved:

Three people, who sustained, non-life-threatening injuries, were taken to the hospital for treatment. 53 injured dogs were taken to a local humane society.

Maggie Tate-Techtmann, director of organizational development at the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS), said the injured dogs had undergone treatment and been placed up for adoption.

“Our team is very good at jumping into action,” she said. “So we were ready to jump into action.”

A future for the dogs:

The organization posted the dogs, who they dubbed the Western Lakes Loves, on their Facebook page as they awaited adoption. 21 of the dogs were taken in by HAWS while the rest went to other rescue groups.

“All dogs are doing remarkably well,” Tate-Techtmann told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Everyone pivoted so well. I tell them all the time to be prepared for the unexpected, and the team did a remarkable job meeting the needs of these dogs today. Some are already out having fun in the snow and are on the road to finding their forever homes.”

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