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Marley's Mutts heads back to Bakersfield after saving more than 40 animals in Texas

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue heads back to Kern County from Texas after saving more than 40 animals that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. (Facebook photo/Marley's Mutts)

A crew with Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue is headed back to Kern County after dropping off supplies in Texas and saving more than 40 displaced animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Zach Skow, director of Marley's Mutts, said the rescue group is taking 26 dogs and about 15 cats.

"We were at the staging ground in Montgomery County, so there is one at the fairground and one at the shelter," Skow said. "That's where we focused our attention to make maximum impact, to get as many dogs out that we knew didn't belong to people."

By taking stray dogs from the shelter, Skow said it leaves room for dogs who are waiting to be reunited with their owners.

Skow said on their way back to Bakersfield they're making a stop in El Paso, Texas to drop off about half of the animals with another rescue organization.

The crew expects to be back in Kern County by Thursday. Skow said he would love people to come out and support them by adopting or fostering the dogs and cats.

The Marley's Mutts team has been posting updates of their trip on Facebook, generating a lot of community support.

"There is no community like Kern County when it comes to supporting others and it's been really special," Skow said. "Everybody pitched in, it just felt like we were destined to be here and destined to make an impact."

Skow said most of the dogs coming back have heartworm, so they will need treatment. Marley's Mutts is raising money to cover the costs.

Skow said the goal is to raise $5,000 in the next 48 hours. If they meet the goal, Skow said a donor has agreed to match the money raised.

If you would like to donate to their cause, click here.

"Natural disatsters are awful occurrences, but they really do bring out the best in people," Skow said.

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