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Humane Society, Colorado National Guard lending hand after Harvey

August 29, 2017 Updated: August 30, 2017 at 7:47 am
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photo - People walk with dogs along a street at the east Sam Houston Tollway from rescue boats as evacuations continue from flooding in Houston, Texas, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, following Tropical Storm Harvey. Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
People walk with dogs along a street at the east Sam Houston Tollway from rescue boats as evacuations continue from flooding in Houston, Texas, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, following Tropical Storm Harvey. Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) 

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Coloradans are helping any way they can - from taking in dogs from Louisiana to sending the Colorado National Guard to Texas.

Colorado National Guard members "will provide medical and aviation assets to assist the Texas National Guard and civil authorities to save lives and relieve suffering," the National Guard announced Tuesday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper authorized use of state National Guard forces by executive order in response to a request from Texas.

Meanwhile, about 50 dogs will arrive in Colorado Springs on Wednesday morning from Acadiana Animal Aid in Lafeyette, La., said Gretchen Pressley, spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

The dogs are being sent to Colorado to make room for evacuees or strays that need to be housed during hurricane recovery efforts, she said.

About 30 will stay at the Humane Society shelter in Colorado Springs and about 20 will be sent to Pueblo. The dogs will be adoptable in a few days after undergoing medical and behavioral evaluations.

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