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Broward Shelter Taking in Dogs From Mississippi Due to Isaac

Dogs making long journey to South Florida due to hurricane

By Brian Hamacher and Christina Hernandez
|  Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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The Humane Society of Broward County has more than two dozen new visitors thanks to Hurricane Isaac. Some 27 dogs were transported from the Humane Society of South Mississippi's Gulfport shelter to the Broward shelter Tuesday in case Isaac comes their way.

The Humane Society of Broward County has more than two dozen new visitors thanks to Hurricane Isaac. Some 27 dogs were transported from the Humane Society of South Mississippi's Gulfport shelter to the Broward shelter Tuesday in case Isaac comes their way.

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The Humane Society of Broward County has more than two dozen new visitors thanks to Hurricane Isaac.

Some 27 dogs were transported from the Humane Society of South Mississippi's Gulfport shelter to the Broward shelter Tuesday in case Isaac comes their way.

Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was expected to make landfall on the northern Gulf coast late Tuesday.

The dogs left Mississippi around 11 p.m. Monday for their journey in a big bus with the ASPCA. There was a seat for every dog.

After a 14-hour journey that covered 775 miles, the animals arrived at the humane society in Fort Lauderdale at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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"We always talk about preparing your family in the event of a hurricane, you have to include your pets. These are pets that didn't have families," said Cherie Wachter of the Humane Society of Broward County. "They were in the shelter before the storm, so they're homeless animals."

Humane Society of Broward VP of Operations Jo-Anne Roman said in a statement, "We are fortunate that we have the space available to assist the Humane Society of South Mississippi and hope their shelter is not damaged in the upcoming storm."

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After their arrival in South Florida, the dogs will get a little time for R&R before they're made available for adoption, possibly by Thursday.

"Hopefully all of these animals will be in the comfort of homes throughout South Florida next week," Wachter said.

For more info, visit www.humanebroward.com.

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