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Lancaster SPCA takes in dogs displaced by Ohio floods

Seven dogs from Ohio are looking for new homes after flood waters destroyed their shelter last week.

The dogs arrived in Lancaster Thursday night and are ready to be adopted.

Video taken at the Morrow County, Ohio Dog Shelter in the early morning hours of July 9, shows dogs in distress, and staff up past their knees in water, carrying the animals to safety.

“It came through here so fast, I can’t hardly walk,” a woman says on the video as she wades through the shelter.

The shelter is now condemned because of extensive water damage. The animals needed somewhere to go, and that’s when shelters hundreds of miles away, including Lancaster County’s SPCA, stepped in.

“Fortunately, we had the space and we were able to help these dogs,” said Susan Martin, Lancaster County SPCA director.

The seven dogs that arrived in Lancaster hitched a ride from Ohio in a special International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) trailer. The group helps animals affected by disasters worldwide.

“The community has stepped up and really helped out,” Martin said. “And just to be able to step up and give back across state lines is a wonderful thing as well.”

These dogs have already been through their second and third chances. They’re looking to find their fourth chance with a loving family from our area.

“It makes you feel great, because you’re part of something that’s making a huge difference in not just these dogs’ lives, but in the new owners lives,” Martin said. “The new adopters, who take these dogs in, it makes a difference in their lives as well.”

If you’re interested in adopting any of the dogs, call the Lancaster County SPCA at 717-917-6979.

Shelter address:

599 Chesapeake Street
Lancaster, PA 17602


5 Comments to “Lancaster SPCA takes in dogs displaced by Ohio floods”

    lazrus444 said:
    July 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Why would we take animals from another state when there are more then enough strays in PA?

    Dog_Lover said:
    July 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Hopefully they aren't pointlessly euthanized like other dogs have been there… and I agree with the above commenter… all the homeless animals in our own county, and we're helping Ohio…

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