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Animals evacuated from shelter staying put for now

Officials at a central Kentucky animal shelter are still waiting for the all-clear, before returning more than 100 dogs and cats to their homes.

The animals were evacuated from the Franklin County Humane Society Shelter over the weekend, after heavy rain caused flooding.

The water has drained from the building, but shelter employees still have a lot of cleaning to do. More rain is also in the forecast, which could cause additional flooding.

"Do we bring them (the animals) back, or stay where we are?" Diann Wellman, of the Franklin County Humane Society said. "You don't want to do the same thing again. So I think we are going to stay where we are for now and ride out the weather."

The dogs were taken to Lake View Park, while the cats were taken to the Downtown Civic Center.

Volunteers are helping maintain the temporary shelter that's been set up at the park.

Wellman says employees are staying busy back at the regular shelter.

"This will give us a good chance to do some deep cleaning, spring cleaning out there," Wellman said. "We'll get it done and in good shape for them (the animals) to come back."

The humane society still needs volunteers to help with the animals at the temporary shelters set up.

All of the animals are also still up for adoption.

Shelter officials say donations are also helpful, since they will have to make repairs to the building as well.


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