Animal Refuge League visits Puerto Rico to help animals in need

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is getting a first-hand look at dog rescue efforts in Puerto Rico. (Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland)

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is getting a first-hand look at dog rescue efforts in Puerto Rico.

Director of Community Engagement Jeana Roth is in the San Juan area with a board member of All Sato Rescue, a nonprofit they partner with to bring dogs in need from Puerto Rico to Maine.

Roth says they visited a sanctuary where a husband and wife care for more than 150 dogs on their property and until recently they were doing so without running water or electricity because of Hurricane Maria.

They also visited areas called "dumping sites" where people often abandon dogs, and they quickly found several dogs and puppies in need.

“We had to literally get down into a bunch of brush and trees and pull them out, and we put them in a kennel and brought them to a vet clinic,” Roth said. “It's unlike anything we've ever seen, you know, to find just two moms and puppies in such a short distance in need of immediate attention was really emotional for us.”

Roth says when they return to Maine Sunday they plan to bring eight or 10 dogs with them who have already had their necessary vaccinations and health certificates to fly, which Maine requires.

The dogs they found on the trip should be ready to come to Maine in two to four weeks.

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