Photos: Dogs, cats displaced by Sandy arrive in San Diego

Photos: Dogs, cats displaced by Sandy arrive in San Diego

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 17: SeaWorld Rescue team members and Save A Pet team members pose with rescue dogs. Sixty orphaned dogs and cats are being flown across the country from Newark Liberty International Airport on November 17, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey to make room for thousands of animals who need shelter as a result of Hurricane Sandy.SeaWorld's animal rescue team assists in the transport, which takes place aboard a donated Southwest Airlines flight. The pets are flying to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California, where they will be placed in loving homes with adoptive families. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SeaWorld)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 12:03 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sixty dogs and cats that were displaced by Superstorm Sandy have arrived in San Diego following a cross-country flight.

The plane carrying the animals landed at Lindberg Field Saturday, and they were taken to a shelter in Rancho Santa Fe.

A spokeswoman for the Helen Woodward Animal Center said the dogs and cats were facing euthanization at New York and New Jersey animal shelters that lost power after the storm struck last month.

Jessica Gercke said her organization approached Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld to help rescue the animals. She said a pilot and crew donated their time, BP footed the gas bill, and animal handlers from Seaworld accompanied the animals on the flight.

Gerke said the center will get the animals vaccinated, spayed and neutered before offering them for adoption.

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