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Nearly 70 Texas shelter dogs flown to Pittsburgh after storm

People walk with dogs along a street at the east Sam Houston Tollway from rescue boats as evacuations continue from flooding in Houston, Texas, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, following Tropical Storm Harvey. Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team has brought nearly 70 dogs to western Pennsylvania animal shelters from Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The dogs flown into the Allegheny County Airport on Monday were not rescued from storm-ravaged homes. Rather, they were transferred from shelters in and around San Antonio, so those shelters will have room for dogs that need to rescued from storm-damaged Texas homes.

The dogs brought to Pittsburgh are examined by a veterinarian and will be placed at seven Pittsburgh-area shelters that will attempt to find homes for them.

PAART's executive director, Mary Withrow, says the group learned some valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans 12 years ago.

Making room so Texas shelters can care for animals from that state increases the chances some dogs will be reunited with their owners.

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