Dogs rescued from flood waters look for Colorado homes

9:31 AM, May 8, 2011   |    comments
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"It's good to know that there's somebody willing to accept them that'll take care of them until they get adopted," said Nuckols, a driver for the Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team.

Nuckols drove his pickup truck and air-conditioned trailer from West Memphis, Arkansas along the swollen Mississippi River.

"Crossing most of the major bridges, you could see the water is way up over its normal level. Homes in one of the fields that had water with only about a foot-and-a-half of the peak of the roof of the house showing," he said.

Nuckols delivered the dogs to the Denver Dumb Friends League, where half of the animals will stay. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is taking 14 dogs. Larimer County took three.

"We had our own disaster last fall with the Boulder wildfires and know what it's like when your shelter is getting full and the community needs your help, too," said Kim Sporrer, spokesperson with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

Nuckols drove from Florida to pick up the dogs. He says he's driven 4,000 miles already on this trip. He estimates that he drives close to 100,000 miles a year going from one crisis to another.

"When we can save them out of disaster, it's quite a big deal for us," said Nuckols.

He is hopeful his trip was worth it. After all, he does it for free.

"I do it 'cause I like the animals. I specifically said I don't want money. Money can't buy what you see when a dog gets to a home," Nuckols said.

If you want to adopt one of the dogs, some may be ready to go on Monday. You can contact the Denver Dumb Friends League or the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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