53 dogs who miraculously survived a plane crash are now up for adoption, officials say

53 dogs who miraculously survived a plane crash are now up for adoption, officials say
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  • A twin-engine plane crash-landed into the third hole on the Western Lakes Golf Course on Tuesday.
  • Officials called the crash landing "catastrophic," noting that the wings were severed.

Over four dozen dogs who survived a flight that crash-landed on its way from New Orleans to Wisconsin on Tuesday morning outside Milwaukee are now up for adoption.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Lake Country Fire and Rescue's assistant chief Matthew Haerter said that the Fire and Rescue team, along with the Waukesha county sheriffs, responded to a report of a twin-engine plane that crashed into the third hole on the Western Lakes Golf Course.

Haerter described the landing as "catastrophic," adding that the plane crashed through trees severing their wings.

On board were 53 dogs from the Humane Animal Welfare Society and three passengers who sustained minor injuries, according to Haerter.

At the same press conference, Maggie Tate-Techtmann, a director of the Humane Animal Welfare Society, said their medical team was on the ground treating the dogs, and they would be up for adoption as soon as they were ready.


About 20 of the dogs, who the organization called the "Western Lakes Loves, " were taken to the welfare society, while the rest were sent to shelters in the area.

Tate-Techtmann said her organization was already prepared to treat the dogs for any injury or behavioral trauma from the flight.

"Every animal is different just like we are, so we are all going to react a little bit differently, but between our behavioral care as well as our medical care, I'm very confident we can make all of them comfortable," Tate-Techtmann said.

Jennifer Smieja, a spokesperson for the Humane Animal Welfare Society, told BuzzFeed News that "the dogs are all doing remarkably well."

"Physically, they only sustained some scrapes, but we are unsure of how they will do going forward behaviorally," Smieja told Buzzfeed.


Welfare society employees started a fundraising campaign shortly after the plane crash that raised more than $7,000, to cover "the unforeseen medical and other costs that resulted from this incident" as of Saturday.