A rescuer adopts a dog from a plane crash

                There was a spectacular scene at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee last week as a plane with three people and 53 dogs on board crashed into a fairway.  Everyone survived.  “I'm glad we were there to help,” Course Director Mike Bendel said Wednesday, as he recalled hearing the crash and seeing the big plane on his golf course.  He and his crew were on the scene within moments, and after making sure people were okay and receiving medical attention for their minor injuries, he turned his attention to the dogs being evacuated from the plane.  He discovered a shivering puppy when her rescuer removed her from the plane.  "I could see she was shivering. I don't know if it was because the plane had crashed. I mean, it was cold. We're in the middle of a snowstorm. So I said, 'Give it to me.' So she gave it to me, and I unzipped my sweatshirt." "I put it under my sweatshirt and zipped my sweatshirt back on. 'She wanted to check on her, so she raised my arms and gave me a kiss. And that was it,'" he said.  Association was formed.  His new pet fell into his lap, and the pair returned Wednesday to the Humane Society's animal shelter in Waukesha.  Donated by SAS to all the volunteers that day.  “It was a scary day, and it could have had a worse ending. Regardless, we want to be here for them, thanking them and really showing our appreciation,” said Jaime Peterson, director of business development at Saz. Which plane crashed?” They are looking for her.  In fact, they have a kind of neat origin story,” Jennifer Smega of HAWS said. “The shelter regularly coordinates these dog flights from southern states, with dozens of dogs that might otherwise be euthanized. The flight that crashed was headed to Waukesha when the airport went down.” Smega said. : “It's all about giving these amazing pets a second chance at life.  And perhaps for these plane crash survivor puppies, one might say it is a third chance at life.” There are only a few dogs left that survived the plane crash, and the cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.  
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                <strong class="dateline">Wakesha, Wes.  -</strong>                                          <p>There was a spectacular scene at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee last week as a plane with three people and 53 dogs on board crashed into a fairway. 

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“I’m glad we were there to help,” Course Director Mike Bendel said Wednesday, as he recalled hearing the crash and seeing the big plane on his golf course.

He and his crew were on the scene within moments, and after making sure people were okay and receiving medical attention for their minor injuries, he turned his attention to the dogs being evacuated from the plane.

He discovered a shivering puppy when her rescuer removed her from the plane.

“I could see she was shivering. I don’t know if it was because the plane had crashed. I mean, it was cold. We’re in the middle of a snowstorm. So I said, ‘Give it to me.’ So she gave it to me, so I unzipped my sweatshirt. I put it under sweatshirt and I zip the sweatshirt back on,” Bendel said.

I quickly fell asleep. Bindl continued to help coordinate transportation of other dogs to area shelters, all the while with the sleeping pup inside his sweatshirt.

“I just wanted to check on her,” he said, “and she raised my arm and gave me a kiss. And that was it.”

The bond has been formed. His new pet literally fell into his lap.

On Wednesday, the couple returned to the Humane Society’s animal shelter in Waukesha. They were special guests as HAWS threw an appreciation lunch, donated by Saz, for all of the volunteers that day.

"It was a scary day, and it could have had a worse end. Regardless, we want to be here for them, thanking them and really showing our appreciation," said Jaime Peterson, Saz's director of business development.   

“We’ve had people come in and say, ‘Where are the dogs that crashed?’ They’re looking at it,” said Jennifer Smiga with HAWS. And in fact, they have a kind of neat origin story.

The shelter regularly coordinates these dog trips from southern states, with dozens of dogs that might otherwise be killed.  The flight that crashed was bound for Waukesha Airport when it crashed. 

"It's all about giving these amazing pets a second chance at life," said Smega.  "And perhaps for those puppies who survived the plane crash, one might say it's a third chance at life."

    There are only a few dogs left who survived the plane crash.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  



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