New York welcomes over 50 dogs from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

They lived to wag their tails another day.

More than 50 stray dogs from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico arrived in New York hoping to find a loving home after surviving the storm.

Some were left to die trapped in their crates while others suffered from heart-worms and eye infections, said Tiffany Lacey, executive director of the Animal Haven in downtown Manhattan.

“Some were street dogs,” she said. “Some were sadly owner-surrendered. As we all know the situation in Puerto Rico is pretty dire. And there are a lot of people who could simply not keep their pets anymore.”

Lacey cracked a smile watching Sansa and Gordo, 2-month-old siblings, wrestle in one of the shelter’s viewing rooms. The energetic puppies didn’t betray any scars from their rough origin.

“These two, they there were street dogs,” Lacey said. “This is very typical of the adorable, highly adoptable dogs we get from the Sato Project.”

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Dogs from Puerto Rico find new homes across US

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METHUEN, MA – OCTOBER 14: A volunteer holds an eight-week-old Puerto Rican puppy named Pedro at Nevins Farm, an MSPCA animal shelter, on October 14, 2017 in Methuen, Massachusetts. The MSPCA facility brought eight dogs from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico’s animal shelters for families in the area to adopt – seven puppies and one senior dog. More applications came in than dogs. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

WESTBROOK, ME – OCTOBER 12: 25 dogs and one cat arrived at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland Thursday morning following a long flight from Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican shelter All Sato Rescue set the dogs to shelters in New England as the island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. ‘Angeles’ is one of the dogs from Puerto Rico now at the shelter. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

METHUEN, MA – OCTOBER 14: Aracelis Rosario hugs Pedro, an eight-week-old Puerto Rican puppy. at Nevins Farm, an MSPCA animal shelter, on October 14, 2017 in Methuen, Massachusetts. The MSPCA facility brought eight dogs from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico’s animal shelters for families in the area to adopt – seven puppies and one senior dog. More applications came in than dogs. Mrs. Rosario, who is originally from Puerto Rico, hopes to be chosen to take Pedro home. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

METHUEN, MA – OCTOBER 14: Kathy Lombardi holds Mario, a four-month-old Puerto Rican puppy, at Nevins Farm, an MSPCA animal shelter, on October 14, 2017 in Methuen, Massachusetts. The MSPCA facility brought eight dogs from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico’s animal shelters for families in the area to adopt – seven puppies and one senior dog. More applications came in than dogs. Ms. Lombardi hoped to be chosen to take Mario home. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

METHUEN, MA – OCTOBER 14: The Vasquez family meets an eight-week-old Puerto Rican puppy named Pepe at Nevins Farm, an MSPCA animal shelter, on October 14, 2017 in Methuen, Massachusetts. The MSPCA facility brought eight dogs from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico’s animal shelters for families in the area to adopt – seven puppies and one senior dog. More applications came in than dogs. The family hopes to be chosen to take Pepe home. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

WESTBROOK, ME – OCTOBER 12: 25 dogs and one cat arrived at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland Thursday morning following a long flight from Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican shelter All Sato Rescue set the dogs to shelters in New England as the island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. Katie Webber, a canine animal care staffer at the shelter, gets one of the dogs, ‘Borys’ (cq) outdoors for a little exercise. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

METHUEN, MA – OCTOBER 11: MSPCA staffers Meaghan O’Leary and Erica Leonard hold a littler of five 8-week-old puppies rescued from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico in Methuen, MA on Oct. 11, 2017. The dogs will be put up for adoption. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

METHUEN, MA – OCTOBER 14: Aracelis Rosario hugs Pedro, an eight-week-old Puerto Rican puppy, at Nevins Farm, an MSPCA animal shelter, on October 14, 2017 in Methuen, Massachusetts. The MSPCA facility brought eight dogs from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico’s animal shelters for families in the area to adopt – seven puppies and one senior dog. More applications came in than dogs. Mrs. Rosario, who is originally from Puerto Rico, hopes to be chosen to take Pedro home. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

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The dogs were rescued from Puerto Rico by the John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation and The Sato Project. The foundation flew a cargo plane with humanitarian and animal aid supplies and returned with dogs rescued by The Sato Project.

“After Maria hit, what we are hearing, is that there aren’t many dogs left,” Lacey said. “Sadly, many didn’t make it.”

On Sunday, the dozens of dogs wagged their tails and jumped with joy when they saw a potential human parent lock eyes with them.

Lacey said she’s happy these four-legged pals didn’t end in Dead Dog Beach, an area where dogs are left to die on the island.

The batch of adoptable dogs includes three pit-bull mixes who were trapped in their crates on a hilltop home.

Taylor, Changa and Ollie looked battered, skinny and were still recovering from skin rashes.

But the trio immediately wagged their tails when they saw visitors.

“The rescuers weren’t even sure they were still alive when they found them,” Lacey said. “It’s a whole different world here, right guys?”

The rescue group is trying to get as many of the dogs adopted soon.

Ilan Pillo, 40, from Fort Green, brought his two daughters, Jennifer, 11, and Natasha, 7, to look for potential dogs.

“She’s mine! She’s mine! I want this one!” Natasha said when she spotted a yellow puppy named Holly. “She’s so cute!”

Their dad said they have to look some more before making a final decision.

“I think it’s good that they were rescued from Puerto Rico,” he said. “They deserve good homes. She wants them all. We’ll see.”

Some of the dogs have been reunited with the owners who were forced to fly to New York and leave their dogs behind.

“They are all pretty adoptable,” Lacey said. “If they hadn’t made it here, many of them would not have been able to survive in Puerto Rico.”

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Searching for water in Puerto Rico

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People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Madelyn Matos washes her hair as her boyfriend Jan Marcos Chaparro cleans his car with mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A man carries a case of water away from an HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after soldiers working with 101st Airborne Division’s “Dustoff” unit dropped off relief supplies during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH “JACKSON TIRADO” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES.

Madelyn Matos (L) and her boyfriend Jan Marcos Chaparro do their laundry with mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A family waits as a man fills drums with potable water brought to their small mountain community once a day after Hurricane Maria crippled utilities near Guayama, Puerto Rico October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal, Puerto Rico October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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