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Blount County group relocates rescued pets from shelter to new state

ONEONTA (AP) — A Blount County animal rescue group, which relocates animals from the county's shelter before they are euthanized, has sent another load of more than four dozen dogs and kittens to Pennsyvlania, where most have families waiting on them.

Mary Ellen Tidwell, Pat Kelly and Susan Johnson founded Hayden-based Crossing Paths Animal Rescue last November and are in the process of establishing its nonprofit status.

The rescue group was formed because of the high number of animals at the county shelter that have to be killed periodically if they can't be adopted when it becomes too crowded. All three co-founders keep animals at their homes.

Local families can adopt, but most of Crossing Paths' 200-plus adoptions have been through a partnership with a northeast Pennsylvania rescue group called Special Pets in Caring Environments Rescue.

Its manager, Linda Diver, and volunteer Robin McKinney picked up last week's load of 47 dogs and five kittens.

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