More than 220 dogs and 50 cats are killed when water from Hurricane Dorian hits an animal shelter in the Bahamas.
- Hurricane Dorian killed 300 pets at the Humane Society in Grand Bahama
- Floodwaters rose above previous estimates and increased bases
- The staff fought tirelessly to save the dogs and cats, but had to flee
- The shelter collected money to replace all medical supplies, food and vehicles
More than 220 dogs and 50 cats died after Hurricane Dorian's flood water hit an animal shelter in the Bahamas.
The slow moving Category 5 storm hit the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, killing animals and destroying medical supplies, food, and vehicles.
The shelter thought they would be safe during high water because they were equipped with raised foundations in 2008 and had never had a flood before.
But this time it turned out not to be enough when the enormous storm washed over the island and high-rising water poured in
Employees desperately tried to save the animals, working tirelessly to raise the crates as high as possible to the point where their lives were put at risk, CNN wrote.
Felicia Telfort (above), the asylum supervisor, tries to help the remaining animals that they have left after flooding water from Hurricane Dorian destroyed the asylum
Employees put their own lives at risk by trying to save the animals by raising their crates and keeping them out of the water. Finally, Telfort had to flee to the attic, accessible only through a manhole cover to save their own lives
The shelter was built with raised foundations to prevent flooding and hoped that they would be safe prior to the slow-moving storm that accompanied Hurricane Dorian of category 5.
But when the water rose above their chest, they were forced to save themselves.
Eventually six workers had to help each other through a manhole in the attic, where they listened to the howling of animals below until there was silence.
Felicia Telfort, the asylum supervisor, said: & We were sure that everything would be safe to try to set it high.
& # 39; We entered the manhole because the water started to rise so high
& # 39; The kennel dogs were still crying and weeping, we all experienced that until they didn't even cry anymore. & # 39;
About 75 dogs and 50 cats survived according to the shelter that now focus on taking care of their remaining animals.
& # 39; It wasn't about being heroes, it was just as much about caring for the animals as we were about ourselves, & # 39; Telfort added.
Elizabeth Burrows, executive director of human society, added: “My heart is broken for the animals we have lost.
& # 39; I feel so bad for the people who have entrusted their animals to us and in the end we could not protect them.
& # 39; We could not have predicted this, but I still feel responsible. & # 39;
Elizabeth Burrows (right), the executive director of the Humane Society, said her heart was broken about the cats and dogs who lost their lives. The slow-moving floods accompanied Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm (left)
The six workers in the shelter who tried to rescue the animals to their chest in water were eventually forced to flee to the attic, accessible only through a manhole (above)
An online fundraising has been launched to replace all damaged medical supplies, food and vehicles that were lost during the storm (left). So far, various stocks have been sent to the asylum, but much more is needed (right)
A statement from an online fundraiser stated that flooding water was increasing & # 39; was our biggest fear & # 39 ;.
They say that much of their equipment and the daily basis were ruined.
To help combat this, a fundraising page has been launched with a goal of $ 250,000.
Currently, the total figure is just under $ 160,000 and an anonymous donor has agreed to link all donations to the site, according to a message.
One mention on the page thanks the public for their & # 39; outpouring of support and good wishes from everyone & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I am not quite ready to talk extensively about our horrific losses, but please know that we are all deeply saddened and traumatized and your love and concern is so appreciated. & # 39;
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