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Rescue greyhounds touch down in Centre County

By: WJAC Web Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Friday a group of retired racing dogs took flight in Orlando and landed in Centre County.

Riding first class the dogs arrived at The University Park airport.

During the five hour flight we have smiles on our faces because we know these dogs are going to a good home, said pilot Jason Hilt.

They flew 800 miles in the first rescue flight according to Nittany Greyhounds, a rescue group in Port Matilda.

The flight cut the trip from four days to five hours.

It was a lot easier on the dogs, said Nittany Greyhounds Toni Duchi.

About a year ago the thought of a rescue flight surfaced after Pilot Hilt and the president of the Brave Tide Foundation proposed the idea. Unfortunately at that time they did not have the funds to do that.

He called a month ago and said I have a plane, said Duchi.  he said lets do a dog haul.

The cost of the flight was $1,800, mostly paid by donations.

The group is planning on doing rescue hauls of dogs every month.

The dogs are so great, its just wonderful, said Hilt.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times