SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sixty dogs and cats that were displaced by Superstorm Sandy have arrived in San Diego following a cross-country flight.
The plane carrying the animals landed at Lindberg Field Saturday, and they were taken to a shelter in Rancho Santa Fe.
A spokeswoman for the Helen Woodward Animal Center said the dogs and cats were facing euthanization at New York and New Jersey animal shelters that lost power after the storm struck last month.
Jessica Gercke said her organization approached Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld to help rescue the animals. She said a pilot and crew donated their time, BP footed the gas bill, and animal handlers from Seaworld accompanied the animals on the flight.
Gerke said the center will get the animals vaccinated, spayed and neutered before offering them for adoption.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Experts say the winds of Superstorm Sandy took out more trees in the neighborhoods, parks and forests of New York and New Jersey than any previous storm on record.
Nearly 10,000 trees were lost in New York City alone. A state parks spokesman says "thousands upon thousands" went down on Long Island. New Jersey utilities reported more than 113,000 destroyed or damaged trees.
Many of the trees crashed through houses or tore through electric wires as they fell. They caused several deaths and left hundreds of thousands of people without power for more than a week.
Some tree specialists say the shocking force of the Oct. 29 storm might mean they should reassess where and how to replant. But they say people need trees and benefit from them.
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