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Manchester Animal Shelter's ceiling collapses due to burst pipe

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UPDATE: Once the contractors began repairs to the shelter, it was discovered there is more extensive damage than originally thought. Repairs are expected to take until the end of the week. Shelter clean-up and painting is now scheduled for the weekend, January 11 and 12. Donations are still needed.

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With the below-average, freezing temperatures crossing the nation, the Manchester Animal Shelter in New Hampshire suffered a devastating blow to its facility when a water pipe burst and flooded the shelter. The ceiling collapsed right on top of the dog kennels.

All of the dogs were in good shape and were evacuated to the Animal Rescue League of NH or foster care. Repairs to the damaged shelter are scheduled to begin on Monday and the shelter anticipates the dogs returning to the shelter shortly thereafter.

Journey Ewell, Co-President for FMAS’ Board of Directors, gave thanks to the fast action of the shelter's staff, local emergency response teams, and surrounding shelters.

“No animal or person was harmed during Friday’s events. We are very fortunate. Everyone is now safe, warm, and dry. All animals have been evaluated and are being well taken care of. We can’t thank the community for all of their support through these unfortunate circumstances, especially as we further address the situation and work to repair the building,” said Ewell.

Meanwhile, the shelter is asking for help replacing items that were lost in the flood. Monetary donations are always welcome and will go directly toward improvements. Items such as leashes, collars, bleach, painting supplies, shelving units, Kuranda beds, Kongs, and gift cards to places such as Home Depot or Pet Smart are needed as well.

The shelter is also looking for voluntary help on Tuesday, January 6, 2013, to spruce up the shelter with cleaning and painting.

If you are interested in lending a hand, please send an email to Journey Ewell at journey@manchesteranimalshelter.org. Visit Manchester Animal Shelter for more information.

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