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Florence county animals take flight as part of pet rescue operation

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For animals at the Florence County Environmental Services facility, they will soon call a new place home.

"I'm extremely excited.  This will actually be the largest transport of numbers we ever done," Herbie Christmas, Officer 3 for Florence County Environmental Services.

With the help of volunteers, rescue agencies and animal control officers, 52 pets from Florence county and surrounding areas are flying to a place that's a little warmer.

"Some of them are going to Tampa, some of them are going to Palm Beach, so are going to Daytona…it's going to be swimming pools and movie stars," Denise Hughes, volunteer for the rescue operation.

Environmental services do all they can to help find each pet a home, but overcrowding makes it hard for them to do so.

The sunshine state will welcome the new furry friends.

"The demand here, is just not what it is there," explained Hughes.

"Certainly a real good opportunity for us to have more of our animals to be adopted versus euthanasia," said Christmas.

Jeff Luizza also donated both the time and the resources to ensure the animals had safe travels.

"I get to spend my time doing my favorite thing which is flying and get to rescue animals at the same time.  It really doesn't get much better than that," said Eric Coggin, Luizza's Co-Pilot.

In true Noah's ark fashion, pets board the plane for a first class trip to a possible better life.

Environmental services attribute a lot the success of this rescue to the social media and word of mouth.

 If you are curious about adoption just head over to the Florence County Environmental Service Facebook page for more info. 

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