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Pets find refuge in RI after Harvey demolishes Houston

A few dozen cats and dogs are getting used to their new surroundings in Rhode Island after arriving from parts of Texas that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. (WJAR)

A few dozen cats and dogs are getting used to their new surroundings in Rhode Island after arriving from parts of Texas that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

The animals are at the Potter League shelter in Middletown. They were flown into T.F. Green Airport in Warwick Thursday on a chartered flight packed with crates.

The pets were transported from Beaumont, Texas, which is just outside Houston. They were strays and already in shelters before Harvey struck.

“They took a real beating as the storm came in. A lot of them had been in the water. We had a lot of illness,” Maggie McGwane, who volunteered in Texas and accompanied the animals on the flight, told NBC 10 News.

The animals are now being moved out of shelters in Texas, and to places like Rhode Island, to make room for the pets separated from their owners during the hurricane.

“This was their only choice, really, because there's so much need in Texas right now and there's such a tremendous need for people to have a place to put their pets when they've lost their homes,” said Potter League Executive Director Brad Shear.

“It's tremendously important to us to be able to help in whatever way we can,” Shear also told NBC 10.

The animals will now be quarantined and get veterinary treatment before they are ready for adoption in about a week.

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