This man drives Southern pups cross-country for a second chance at life

Gavi Azoff (center) waits for her new dog Jessie after it was rescued and brought to New England by Greg Mahle (left).
Gavi Azoff (center) waits for her new dog Jessie after it was rescued and brought to New England by Greg Mahle (left). –Steven Smith / The Boston Globe

One man found his pawpose making a 4,200-mile trip twice a month with a truckload of shelter dogs.

For the past 10 years, Greg Mahle has been delivering abandoned, stray, unwanted, or abused dogs from the Deep South to new homes in the Northeast, The Boston Globe reports. Each trip contains pups of different breeds that are ready to be rehomed with families from Virginia to New England, escaping likely euthanization.

“There’s a different mindset [in the South] when it comes to dogs,’’ Peter Zheutlin, who is writing a book about Mahle, told the Globe. “Dogs are seen as property, not family members.’’

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Mahle charges a flat rate of $185 per dog, and makes up the rest of the costs through donations, the Globe reports.

Some 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters each year in the USA, and there are 1.2 million more roaming the streets of the South, according to the Globe.

Read the rest of the story at the Globe.

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