Erin Hassadzade KCCI
Special-Needs Dog Takes Private Plane to Iowa
January 20, 2014
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  • “Yoda had a great time,” said volunteer pilot Bill Carrier. “He sat in the back.”

    Stacie Mancini, of American Eskimo Rescue and Sanctuary of Iowa, said the 10-year-old American Eskimo was born without eyes.

    “The family that purchased him were told that he was ‘born with no eyes, but don’t worry — they would grow in.’ Obviously they didn’t grow in,” Mancini said.

    When his first family gave him up, another took him for eight years. But when they also had to give Yoda away, an American Eskimo Dog Rescue in Des Moines jumped at the opportunity.

    “I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on him,” Mancini said.

    When Yoda needed a lift from his rescue center in St. Louis to Des Moines, Carrier stepped in.

    “We’re glad to be here in Des Moines, and Yoda can continue his life with a family that’s going to keep him happy and safe,” Carrier said.

    Yoda is up for adoption at the American Eskimo Dog Rescue and Sanctuary of Iowa.