WAUKESHA, Wisc. — An aircraft carrying adoptable pets for the Humane Animal Welfare Society crashed onto a golf course in Waukesha County Tuesday morning.
According to the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department and HAWS, the plane — which had 3 passengers and 53 rescued dogs onboard — crashed into the third hole on the Western Lakes Golf Course near Pewaukee Lake off I-94 around 9:04 a.m.
Police said the plane suffered significant damage, but the three passengers and some of the dogs onboard only received minor injuries.
HAWS said the plane was a part of a planned transport of at-risk adoptable dogs from southern shelters being brought to them and several other partner shelters.
The dogs who were onboard the flight are under observation by staff veterinarians, but HAWS believes, barring any unseen complications, there will be no delay in getting them put up for adoption as planned.
HAWS has established a web page to help pay for the animals’ medical expenses and a wish list of supplies needed to help care for and transport the dogs. To make a donation, visit here. To see the wish list and possibly contribute needed items, visit here.
It is unclear at this time what may have caused the crash, as the incident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.