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Pilot saves 3000th animal from shelter in Marion County

Forty-two animals were taken out of Marion county airport Sunday to their forever homes in Pennsylvania, two animals from Florence County and 40 from Marion County (WPDE)

Forty-two animals were taken out of the Marion County Airport Sunday to their forever homes in Pennsylvania, two animals from Florence County and 40 from Marion County.

"This plane is a life or death decision and he's saving these 40 cats right here and a few dogs outside," Christine King, a volunteer with the Marion County Animal Shelter, said.

Pilot Jeff Louizza flies his plane to counties with kill shelters or ones with overcrowding to give the animals new homes.

"The Marion County shelter reached out to me to see. They had 50 kittens that they had in the shelter that they needed some place for them to go and they couldn't move them locally, so we started working on the Pennsylvania area to you know find homes for them and rescue and we were able to place 40 of the 50. Five rescues and two adopters meeting us at the airport," Louizza said.

Sunday was his first flight into Marion County and this puppy made it extra special.

"This is String Bean, she's number 3000 that we've flown so far since we started doing this about 12 years ago," Louizza said.

He does it all for free.

"It means that you're saving a lot of lives and for us here it's such a huge help," King said.

"3000 animals that would've been put down if we didn't fly them," Louizza said.

Marion county animal shelter says you can help with their overcrowding problem by spaying and neutering your pets or becoming a foster pet parent.

If you're interested in becoming a foster or in the shelter's low cost spay and neutering program you can call them at 843-423-8370.

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