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Harford Co. rescue saving puppies from earthquakes in Puerto Rico

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:50:57-05

JARRETTSVILLE, Md. — "In the face of a natural disaster, a lot of times you feel helpless," said Heather Lafleur.

But instead of feeling helpless, Lafleur knew she wanted to help.

"Being a aprt of this organization has empowered us to provide a little piece of comfort," said Lafleur.

Wednesday, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook the island and according to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was one of 1,280 earthquakes there in just three weeks. At least one person has dead, more injured and thousands have sought shelter.

MORE: 5.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Puerto Rico, USGS says

Lafleur wanter help however she could. Her Harford County nonprofit, The Hero Rescue, saves dogs at high risk of euthanasia, specifically from North Carolina.

"North Carolina is the third highest state for euthanasia," said Lafleur.

Now their focus is shifting to save some puppies from the devastating effects of constant earthquakes.

"It's really important to speak up for the dogs that don't have voices and just provide a little piece of comfort to a community that's going through once of the most unimaginable situations," said Lafleur.

She plans to fly at least 10 puppies from overcrowded shelters there and is looking for donations and more fosters.

"It's so rewarding. It's not easy. Everybody says, 'Oh, how do you let them go?' I've never met a family I didn't love that I didn't want to bless with a puppy," said foster Kelly Rose.

They expect the first group of dogs in two weeks. Some of the puppies have leg malformations, possibly due to being trapped in wreckage. They plan to show them all the love they deserve, find them forever homes and be that hero.

"If in two weeks, I can change their lives, it's an easy effort," said Rose.

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