Help Needed -- Benton, Illinois Dog Shelter Flooding, Dogs to be Euthanized Monday

 |  Mar 21st 2008  |   6 Contributions


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Many of you have heard about the dreadful flooding in Missouri and Illinois. Lena Malik barked in this call to help some dogs in need.

Lena Malik wrote:

Dear Joy, after reading about the shelter in Wilson,NC.'s plan for mass euthanization on Monday I was thinking of a title for the cross posts I would be sending and immediately thought of "Black Monday". Now it seems the day will be just as somber in Illinois. I just received this alert and ask if you could share it on Dogster blog aptly titled "For The Love of Dog." I know there are pups & humans out there that would spread the word and do what they can to try and make a difference. Thank you, Lena Malik in MN.


Passing on to animal-loving Illinois folks...feel free to pass on to others.

Hello everyone. I am writing to you again out of desperation for Franklin County Animal Control in Benton, IL.(Southern suburbs) As you may remember, this is the pound that suffered devastating loss during Thanksgiving week when a fire broke out in their main building, and the building burned to the ground, killing over 50 animals. Since that time, the volunteers and staff have continued taking in animals and doing everything they can to help the animals in their community with absolutely minimal facilities. They have been housing cats and kittens in a storage shed building, and the dogs and puppies have been living in
OUTDOOR kennel runs - yes, even through the coldest and snowiest parts of winter the dogs lived outside.

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Well, now Franklin County is suffering a new problem - rain and flooding. It has been raining for days and the area is starting to flood. Please read the note from the director there....

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"Conditions getting worse. It has rained constantly for 2 days. Places in West Frankfort (6 miles away) had to evacuate homes & called Jarrett to pick up people's pets. Dottie & I both set up our garages for animals. Dottie has all the puppies in her garage plus she has Brownie-the dog with the broken leg - the puppy with the pins in its leg, another adult dog & all her own pets. I have Moonbeam & another old adult dog that belongs to a homeless woman they had to take to hospital in my garage in cages-the 6 survivor puppies in large cage in my cat room- 2 other adult cats in my cat room in cages & 3 cats in cages in my back bedroom plus all my own animals. PLEASE PLEASE BEG PEOPLE TO HELP US.

We've both been out in the rain for the last 2 days getting soaked trying to get tarps back up & help all these animals, but the situation is hopeless."

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So, I am writing today to ask you to consider fostering a dog/puppy or cat/kitten in need, and to share this plea to others you know. There are SO many there who do not have a chance of rehoming in their area. And the ladies who give tirelessly to this pound are desperate for help - and we know there are people out there who can make a difference. Please contact me (630-271-9002 or michelle.parson@...) or Lori Dedic right away if you can foster an animal. They are going to have to euthanize large numbers of animals by Monday if we and other rescues don't help them.

- Michelle

Michelle Parson
President & Dog Program Director
A Caring Place Humane Society
Darien, IL

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