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Flooding puts animals at risk

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

An all out effort continues across Kentucky to repair what two days of rain destroyed.

Communities are cleaning up from flash flooding that claimed five lives, and left dozens of counties with heavy damage.

However, it's not just homes, but businesses and public facilities are also heavily damaged.

In Rowan County, folks had to scramble to save animals in the county shelter.

"It's the worst I've ever seen in the 14 years I've been a dog warden in Rowan County," says Rowan County Dog Warden James Hale.

The flood also didn't spare the animals in the community.

"It's sad though, all the animals that have lost their lives," says Jan Dacci, a shelter volunteer. "There was a drowned German Shepherd drowned in a Creek and a collie on the side of the road. My brother's neighbor had 5 horses drown."

But the animals at the shelter were moved in the nick of time.

After spending two night separated into various shelters, the some 28 dogs finally returned home to their shelter. They're now waiting for a new owner and permanent home.

"They're living creatures and they have a right to be saved if the opportunity is afforded them," says Dacci.

Though the animals were saved, the furniture was lost. They are now in need of a xerox machine and a desk.


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