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Rescued Preston County Dog 'Lands' in a New Home

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Two weeks ago, the Preston County Sheriff's Department and the Preston County Animal Shelter seized 70 malnourished animals from a farm in Rowlesburg.

One of the 29 dogs rescued from the farm is Jasmine, an older terrier mix who is carrying a litter of puppies.

"She doesn't know how to act when you act when you hold her and when you coddle her, she's not really sure of her situation yet," said Courtney Austin, the animal shelter director, "but she definitely is a sweet dog."

Jasmine was taken from the trailer where dozens of animals were kept inside all together. With her previous owners in jail, she needs a new home but it's not a simple task.

"What you end up with with dogs out of hoarding situations are dogs that act out of fear," Austin said. "They can bite they may be aggressive with people, they may be aggressive with other animals so a lot of times you want to go to people who are familiar with what they're dealing with in those types of circumstances."

The animal shelter has a lot of experience working with rescue groups, but the partnership that formed to get Jasmine to a facility where she can safely have her puppies is a first for them.

It involved pilot Nathan Wasser and the group Pilots N Paws.

"Well I'm fortunate enough to be a pilot and have a plane and I love animals," Wasser said.

He is one of the hundreds of pilots who donate their time and planes to transport animals like Jasmine. She is headed to the Animal Rescue Foundation in Beacon, New York.

"I hear really bad horror stories and the circumstances they've come from.

Of those 70 animals seized in Rowlesburg, all of the farm animals have new homes, and about a dozen cats and 10 dogs are still waiting.

Jasmine and her puppies, though, are headed to a safe home.

Austin said the shelter needs help paying for the veterinary expenses it uncured caring for the animals. To help, send a check to the Cheat Lake Animal Hospital to help pay for the animal shelter's bill.

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