UPDATE 6/27/12: Flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Debby has affected other Florida counties as well, devasting some, including Clay County. On their Facebook page, Saving the Dogs & Cats of Putnam County, Florida writes:
“URGENT PLEA!!!! TROPICAL STORM DEBBY CONTINUES TO DEVASTATE THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF FLORIDA…S.A.F.E. FACILITY HAS BEEN EVACUATED…CLAY COUNTY FLOODING…RESCUES….ANY TYPE…ARE NEEDED URGENTLY AS OWNER SURRENDERS ARE PILING UP IN THE PARKING LOT..GOD FORBID PEOPLE JUST CARE FOR THEIR ANIMALS IN A CRISIS..INSTEAD, THEY KEEP DUMPING….PLEASE REACH OUT TO RESCUES IN THIS REGION AND GET THEM TO CLAY COUNTY!!!!! THIS IS SO HEARTBREAKING AND FRUSTRATING…SAW IT FIRST HAND YESTERDAY…TOOK 2 DOGS…FELT SO HELPLESS LEAVING THE REST…PLEASE HELP US FIND RESCUES FOR CLAY COUNTY…THIS IS DESPERATE!”
Original post: On June 25 2012, we all woke up hearing the news that four puppies and an adult dog, passed away after their shelter was ravaged by Tropical Storm Debby. According to Jacksonville.com the people responsible for the welfare of the dogs and cats state that “[They] had moved the puppies up to the high end of the shelter, thinking they would be safe there.” “We all feel so bad … We never expected the creek would rise this fast and this high and we really felt the ditches would handle it if it came out of the bank.” explained Capt. Carol Starling of the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, who oversees the animal shelter.
The reporter Teresa Stepzinski informs that the bull dog/hound mix puppies that died were part of a large litter recently brought to the shelter along with their mother. The animals were waiting to be picked up by a rescue group, when they were caught in the flood. The surviving animals, about 60 dogs, cats and kittens immediately were evacuated to safety on higher ground at the county fairgrounds by sheriff’s deputies and animal control personnel.
On the social networking site Facebook for SAVING THE DOGS & CATS OF PUTNAM COUNTY, FLORIDA a picture of the shelter has been posted and caring people have offered their help the shelter that is in need of all of us right now. They posted the following list of things that would be greatly appreciated if they could be donated.
- Old Crates & Kennels
- Zip ties (if you have worked in a rescue mission you know how important and essential zip ties are)
- Scrub brooms/Brushes
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Spray bottles
- Electric fans and extension cords (Heat and humidity are very high in this area)