Wings Of Rescue

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, December 5 2013 at 4:52 PM, Updated: Thu, December 5 2013 at 5:04 PM

A very special cargo arrived late this afternoon in Klamath Falls...the first in a series of 'lifesaving rescues' coming to the Pacific Northwest.

The 'Wings of Rescue' planes are flown by volunteers...

Who carry a very special cargo...of puppies.

"There are a lot of 'high kill' shelters in the L.A. Area, and these 20 (puppies) were out of Bakersfield."  Notes Wings of Rescue Volunteer Pilot Steve Sweeney.  "And so we go in and take them, and bring them over here."

The dogs are now headed to the Klamath Animal Shelter, where they'll be available for adoption.

"We got a call from Wings of Rescue."  Recalls Joanne Carson of the Klamath Animal Shelter.  "Their mission is to fly 400 pets for the holidays, to find homes for little pets - and they called and asked if we'd be part of that rescue, and we decided we could take 20 small dogs."

More flights will be taking place Friday, as more dogs head to 14 cities in Oregon Washington, Idaho, and Montana...giving the pups a new 'leash' on life.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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