Anchor: They were thrown to the streets of Istanbul, but they found homes in the United States. Yasemin Baban sent more than 200 Golden Retrievers who were abandoned by their owners to live on the streets, to United States for animal lovers. For this reason, there is an investigation about her with accusations of trafficking.

Reporter: They were thrown to the streets of Istanbul, but they found homes in the United States. Yasemin Baban sent more than 200 Golden Retrievers who were abandoned by their owners to live on the streets, to United States for animal lovers. For this reason, there is an investigation about her with accusations of trafficking.

Yasemin: As you know, no good deed goes unpunished. While expecting a thank you, we are left to deal with these situations. As long as they don’t let them to stop us from saving the lives of these dogs, the municipalities and government are aware and we gave all pertinent information to Ankara as well.

Reporter: Last year, Yasemin Baban and her two friends contacted animal rescue groups in the United States. She looked for forever homes for the dogs left in Istanbul shelters. When Americans said, “we can look after the Golden Retrievers” the traveling started. Dogs were flown thousands of miles away to Atlanta. Yasemin Baban was in American news as the woman who saved homeless dogs.

Yasemin: If we didn’t save these animals, their future was going to be bad. Golden Retrievers who are in the forests were going to be killed by other dogs. Are we able to save all of them? Unfortunately, we cannot save all of them. We are in dilemma of which ones can we save. But for those we are able to save, it is making all the difference in the world. We are going to continue for as long as we can to save them.

Reporter: Istanbul District Attorney’s office started an investigation about Yasemin Baban and her two friends after a claim that these dogs were being sent to the United States for medical testing. Animal lovers were also accused of trafficking.

Yasemin: The costs to save these animals is minimum $1,000 in Turkey, these are costs until they get on the plane. Why should (American rescue groups/adopting families) they pay this money, they can get three male, three female dogs in the United States and breed as many dogs as they want to use for testing. Why would they come to Turkey?

Reporter: We will know in coming days if there will be a case against these animal lovers.