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Massive flooding leads to emergency rescue at Marionville animal pound

Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 5:46 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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MARIONVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - Massive flooding in Marionville lead to an emergency rescue for several animals at a pound.

When the waters rose from Honey Creek, the only access to the pound was impossible to pass, leaving the five dogs and two cats stranded and helpless.

Animal Control officer Karen Wilks said all she could do was panic knowing the animals were trapped.

“I felt helpless. Not for me but for these guys. We’re supposed to be their voice and the one who protects them and the thought that we put them in a place where they were in danger was devastating,” said Wilks.

The water rose three feet inside the building, leaving the animals fighting to survive.

“I wanted to jump into action and come down, but the water came so fast that there was no way for anyone to get down here,” said Wilks.

Until rescuers could arrive, the dogs were trapped in their kennels and climbing onto beds and feeders to stay above water. The cats managed to climb to a high place to escape the flooding.

When Wilks was able to get across the water, she found all the animals alive. However, the pound will need some work before the animals can be brought back.

“The building and everything inside the building is damaged. Dog food, all our supplies, leashes, collars, as you can tell, we have cages that were inside outside. Everything was just washed away.”

Wilks says the flood damage isn’t covered by insurance and she will depend on volunteers to help clean up the kennel. Until the pound is operational again, the animals will be living at Wilks Farm.

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