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Rescued Dogs In Need Of Homes Arrive In Westchester

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A number of dogs who came all the way from Louisiana for a second chance at life.

A slew of furry friends arrived this week in Westchester after coming very close to being euthanized.

Roughly 80 dogs were rescued from a shelter in Baton Rouge that had become overwhelmed due to weak adoption programs.

“They were looking at euthanizing immediately about 250 dogs, so these guys got out in the nick of time,” Kerry Clair of Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary told CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu.

Many of the dogs are puppies. Pets Alive Animal Sanctuaries in Elmsford and Middletown took them in. They are no-kill shelters.

The pooches traveled 36 hours in a truck for a second chance at life.

“What happens in the south is there are so many litters of animals being born pretty much every day,” said Jenessa Taylor of Pets Alive Westchester. “They get flooded in that demographic or in that area of the same type of animals and in massive numbers.”

One of the lucky dogs who found a new home is named Marshmallow. Victoria Alfasso, who volunteers at the sanctuary, took him in. She says everything is going great.

“He is so calm and it may just be because he had taken a long truck ride up, so I’m not sure how it’s all going to play out,” Alfasso said.

Crispin Tolosa is happy with her new dog.

“It feels great. It feels like a new baby,” Tolosa said.

Along with all the new dogs from Louisiana there are lots of other animals looking for homes. Kittens and older dogs are often harder to place, but they have just as much love to give.

Out of the 80 dogs rescued, so far seven have been adopted.

If you’re interested in one of the dogs, check out the shelter’s website.