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Beaufort County prepares for "Operation Special Delivery"

Dozens of Beaufort County animals leave for "Operation Special Delivery"

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In the Lowcountry, dozens of animals are getting ready to ship out of Beaufort County to head up north for "Operation Special Delivery."

It's a busy Friday at the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.

Dogs like this one are heading up north to join other animals for ‘Operation Special Delivery.'

"ASPCA contacted Beaufort County Animal Services and Hilton Head Humane so we have gotten animals together from Beaufort Ccounty and we've extended it out to Jasper County," said Tallulah Trice, Beaufort County Animal Shelter Director.

Some will head to Atlanta while others will travel to New Jersey and New York. But before they leave, a veterinarian checks to make sure they have a clean bill of health.

"Ears, eyes…listen to the heartbeat, check their skin because you know, a lot of diseases, ‘Mange' or that type of disease or other skin diseases," said veterinarian Matt Dixon.  

"That's one of the key elements of transport is you don't want to send problems elsewhere," added Trice.  

The Beaufort County Animal Shelter is going to transport 65 dogs and cats including this puppy for "Operation Special Delivery." Combined with the Hilton Head Humane Society, they're going to send about 100 animals up north.

"Operation Special Delivery" will give many pitbull and lab mixes—which are the most common ones at the shelter—a second chance to get adopted.

Trice says they're also slowly seeing more animals come in because of the government shutdown.

"They're just confused about what's going on so they're bringing their animals to us as well," she said.

Trice is hoping these animals will have a better chance of finding a good home in these larger shelters.

The Beaufort County Animal Shelter will meet other shelters Saturday afternoon in Bluffton to start "Operation Special Delivery." Altogether, they will transport more than 200 animals.

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