A local animal rescue group jumped into action to help collect dog food for a shelter in southern West Virginia.

Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team or PAART put together an emergency dog food drive after visiting the shelter that had just one bag of dog food left for more than 100 dogs.

Just two hours into the drive Saturday afternoon, and they had already collected 7,000 pounds of food.

“We’re going to crack 10,000 pounds of dog food today, which I think is pretty amazing considering how fast we put this together,” said Jonathan Plesset, a pilot for PAART. “It just definitely speaks volumes about the quality of people in Pittsburgh.”

The drive continues Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mall at Robinson.

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