Pilots and Paws program helps local rescued animal


by WHAS11


Posted on December 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 2 at 1:27 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) – A dog found upside down, tangled in a fence and badly injured, is now leaving Louisville for a new home.

About 8 months ago, this two-year-old Rottweiler mix named Bella was rescued by Metro Animal Services.

Her legs so badly injured, it caused permanent nerve damage.

Carla Vance said that Metro Animal Services was going to have to put Bella to sleep if she didn’t find a foster home.

Vance became Bella’s foster mother but today, Bella boarded a plane to Indianapolis to unite with a new family.

“I’m sad, it’s going to be hard but it’s going to be good for her. It will probably be the best thing for her,” Vance said.

It’s part of the “Pilots and Paws” program, a national organization that find volunteer pilots to transport rescue animals.

“I’m going to fly anyway; I might as well help somebody out or the dogs. I’m into dogs,” Tom Nasser, a volunteer pilot said.

Bella is just one of the 11,000 animals that come through the animal shelters in Louisville each year.