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Pilots help dogs find new -- far away -- homes

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jim Carney, center, is a pilot who flew into Shelbyville last week to pick up rescue dogs. He's part of a group, called Pilots N Paws, that helps rescue dogs find new homes in various parts of the country.
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As manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Hank Williamson never knows what the day will bring.

These dogs anxiously await the plane's take-off.
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The airport is a popular stop for pilots needing to fuel up, and Williamson always enjoys meeting new friends as they stop in for a quick visit on their way to or from various destinations in the Southeast.

Last week, he met new friends of a different kind.

"One of the most satisfying parts of our job at Shelbyville Municipal Airport is being able to help out others," said Williamson. "Today, without any warning, we found ourselves in the middle of a doggy rescue."

Teri and Cecil Cox of Lewisburg delivered seven dogs to Shelbyville Airport to meet up with pilot, Jim Carney, from the Memphis area. Carney, a retired airline pilot, arrived in his Beech Baron, to transport the seven shelter dogs to various new owners.

This dogs enjoys the ride, and looking at the pretty view out the window.
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"I'll be taking several of the dogs to the Kansas City area, where another pilot will pick up and deliver the remaining dogs to Iowa City, and then on to Aberdeen, South Dakota," Carney said. "I really enjoy being able to relocate these animals to good homes. It's an extremely rewarding experience every time"

Carney is one of many volunteer pilots across the United States who deliver these animals for Pilots N Paws. Their web site can be seen at http://www.pilotsnpaws.org.

These dogs anxiously await the plane's take-off.

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