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Flash flood waters force animal shelter evacuation

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Barbara Falmen Barbara Falmen
Jackie Gulbe Jackie Gulbe

By Maira Ansari - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the rain came down Tuesday, flood waters came up at Metro Animal Services sending workers and volunteers inside to rescue the animals. Now hundreds of dogs and cats are in a temporary home as they wait for a permanent one.

At the Kentucky Exposition Center, Barbara and Ben Falmen are helping out their four legged friends. Why they drove over 100 miles from Winchester, Kentucky was simple. "They need us," said Barbara.

Barbara and Ben spent the day doing whatever was needed as they helped to help give the animals from the shelter another chance at a good life. The animals in the West Wing of the Fairgrounds went through a lot during Tuesday's flood when the entire Metro Animal Services facility on Manslick Road was under water forcing a major evacuation of about 250 dogs and 300 cats.

"It was something you couldn't even imagine," said Jackie Gulbe, assistant director of community relations for MAS. "The water was rushing in so quickly and the kennels were filling up. There was almost 15 people on site and they were able to rescue almost all of the animals."

Officials even created a make-shift boat out of a plastic container and threw the animals into it to save time. But not all of them could be saved. 10 kittens and a dog became victims of the flood after they drowned in their cages at the shelter.

"It makes us cry when we think about it," said Barbara. "Because we would have hoped that all of them would have gotten here and be safe, but we know not all of them were."

Late Wednesday, Metro Animal Services announced they will be moving back into the Manslick Road shelter Thursday. The animals will be up for adoption inside the West Wing of the Fairgrounds until 10 p.m. Wednesday. Regular adoptions will resume Thursday at the shelter.

They did lose all of their food and supplies and are in need of donations and volunteers. If you would like to help, just click the highlighted link: Animal Services.

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