Hurricane Dorian: About 220 Dogs, 50 Cats Reportedly Died at Bahamas Shelter during Flooding
Hurricane Dorian hit land and destroyed pretty much everything in its path. The Bahamas suffered a massive loss of property and animal life.
The show moving, category five hurricane, Dorian, hit the Bahamas and left the state in chaos. The massive storm delivered an unexpected level of rainfall and claimed the lives of 220 dogs and 50 cats.
CNN reports that they were looking after 300 pets when the storm hit. The Humane Society of Grand Bahama revealed that their shelter fell victim to the wrath of Dorian and lost almost 270 of their sheltered animals.
The shelter flooded and the volunteers couldn't save them in time.
DORIAN TAKES ALMOST 300 ANIMAL LIVES
Elizabeth Burrows, the executive director of the humane society, revealed that the building seemed safe at the time. The structure had an elevated foundation and was presumed to ride out the storm without any issues.
The assumption quickly turned into a nightmare when the floods rose, and water penetrated the building. The employees were in the middle of rearranging the cages when the flooding started
The staff gave their all in trying to save the animals. They lifted the cages above their chests to save the animals but to no avail. The water rose quickly, and the staff members were forced to enter a small attic through a hole in the ceiling.
LISTENING TO THE HORROR FROM THE ATTIC
The only passage to the attic was a small entrance on the ceiling with no ladders or stairs. The staff members couldn't do anything to bring the poor pets with them.
The horrified souls listened to the roar of the storm and the howls of the animals struggling to get out. After a while, the howling, crying, and struggling stopped. Dorian had taken the lives of almost 300 pets.
Some of them were waiting to be adopted; some of them were left behind by families that couldn't take pets to their shelter.
STAFF MEMBERS DEVASTED ABOUT THE LOSS
Elizabeth Burrows, the executive director at 'The Humane Society of Grand Bahama' feels devasted for not being able to predict the tragedy. They feel responsible for failing to protect the poor souls that couldn't do it themselves.
While a hurricane is not something predictable in nature, a sister organization of Humane Society in Florida saved all of their furry friends before Dorian hit.
THE QUEEN LENDS WORDS OF SUPPORT TO THE BAHAMAS
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the state of Bahamas. She spoke out after the hurricane and expressed her support to the people who suffered losses during the catastrophe.
"At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have seen their homes and property destroyed." were her majesty's words. "I also send my gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers who are supporting the rescue and recovery effort."
The people of the Bahamas are dealing with a great tragedy. May the affected find relief in time.