3 dogs rescued from plane find forever homes with first responders who rescued them

DELAFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) – Three dogs rescued from Tuesday’s plane crash now have forever homes with the very people who rescued them.

“He’s one of the puppies that I know for sure that I moved during operations,” Lake Country firefighter Elle Steitzer said of the new pup she named Lucky.

Lucky is just one of the dogs who now lives with a member of the Lake Country Fire & Rescue team. Lucky and 52 other dogs were recovered by first responders after the plane they were flying on from Louisiana crashed at a golf course in Waukesha County.

Neither the dogs nor the three people on board the plane suffered serious injuries.

Steitzer said she named her new puppy Lucky because what happened on Tuesday was nothing short of a miracle. She had wanted a dog for a while, and when these dogs fell from the sky, she knew she had to adopt one.

“I would really like to have one with me for the rest of my fire department career,” she said.

Another dog, named Artemis, after the spacecraft that left Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral the same day the plane crashed in Delafield, now lives with firefighter Amber Christian.

Christian visited his local animal shelter the day after the accident.

“[The shelter] let me visit him and his siblings and he just sat on my lap. He has a very good behavior. He kind of chose me,” Christian said with a laugh.

Other members of the fire service are expected to adopt the dogs from the plane crash in the coming weeks. Dogs are available for adoption at HAWS shelters in southeast Wisconsin.

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