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A dog at Front Street Animal Shelter is loaded into a crate in Sacramento

One of 50 dogs at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, is loaded into a crate for a flight to a no-kill shelter in Idaho, December 9, 2013. Picture taken December 9, 2013. REUTERS/Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

Pilots fly ‘death row’ California dogs to safety

In December, a number of pilots from Wings of Rescue flew private planes on a volunteer mission to transport abandoned animals. They were moving them away from so-called kill shelters in California to states with high demand for dogs and rescue centres with policies against putting pets to death. The flights organized by the nonprofit group are part of a growing national effort to save abandoned pets and strays in the U.S.