Posted: Aug 2, 2010 11:21 AM by Breanna Biehl
Updated: Aug 2, 2010 11:42 AM
About 50 dogs, some of them abandoned by owners after the BP oil spill are on their way to new homes in Virginia, courtesy of an animal welfare group and actress Pamela Anderson.
Anderson serves as the honorary chairman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She was among those seen walking the dogs at a news conference Monday at New Orleans' City Park.
Since the April 20 accident that sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf, some southeast Louisiana animal shelters have reported large increases in the number of pets brought in.
Many are brought in by people who have lost jobs or income because of the spill.
The shelter in coastal St. Bernard Parish reported 117 animals brought in in June, up from 17 in June 2009.