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When Southwest Airlines Chief Houston Pilot David “Fig” Newton took off from Houston, he knew this was not going to be a typical flight.
“It’s a different kind of service,” said Newton. “I can’t tell you how much I love being able to do this.”
He and an all volunteer crew from Southwest Airlines and Lucky Rescue flew to San Juan Puerto Rico to give puppies and kittens a second chance after the island was ripped apart by Hurricane Maria.
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“This was the nicest thing,” said Newton. “You hold these pups in your hand and you got to feel for them.”
“A lot more animals than people,
” said Newton. “We’d moved about 50 feet and we hear barking, and we though this could be a long flight.”
Four hours airborne from San Juan to Baltimore.
“Somewhere along the flight we turned the seat belt sign off, and I kind of expected the puppies to come out, and I heard they had a puppy parade in the back,” said Newton.