Rescue dogs

Retired Detroit cop flies plane to rescue dogs

DETROIT (WXYZ) — “He has, absolutely, a heart of gold,” dog rescuer Jennifer Wright says of a former Detroit Police Department officer who uses his own plane, fuel and time to save dogs threatened with euthanasia in shelters because no one is looking for them or their owners have abandoned them to face the fate that awaits them.

Dogs are often sick, injured or just plain unwanted in their old age. And time is running out in shelters with limited space or funds to meet their medical needs.

“These guys, you know, they deserve better,” Bryan Ede said as he held little Greta, a 14-year-old dog he himself adopted several months ago.

Ede knows when he gets a call or text from Wright that there’s a good chance she’s asking him to fly his plane somewhere in the next 12-24 hours to save the life of a dog or dogs. .

Wright is the director of the non-profit organization Dachshund Haus and Corgi Rescue. She met Ede about five years ago when she was looking for new insurance.

A policeman she knew suggested she speak to Ede, owner of Michigan Insurance and Financial Services.

“She told me she was doing a dachshund rescue. I was like, ‘No way. I had one. If you ever need help, I have my pilot’s license. I have a plane.”

Ever since, Ede has been flying to save pint-sized dogs.

And at the start of the long holiday weekend, Ede received another call.

Wright told 7 Action News: “I called him at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night and said, ‘Can you get on a plane to pick up these dogs?’ He left at 9 a.m. the next morning and picked them up.”

The latest trip involved the rescue of three dachshunds in desperate need of veterinary care.

The trio lived in a shed with their owner without electricity or running water. Their owner had a stroke and was taken to a facility and is no longer able to provide care for the dogs.

North central Indiana shelter workers Spay and Neuter met Ede at the airport with the trio crated and ready for the flight to Michigan.

“Money is tight for rescue. So that’s where we come in,” he said.

If you would like to learn more about Dachshund Haus and Corgi Rescue or donate, visit their facebook page.

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