Hurricane death toll higher than initial report

Death toll higher than initial estimate at shelter slammed by hurricane Dorian

The death toll at an animal shelter in the Bahamas is much higher than was originally believed. As reported by CNN, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama lost 220 dogs and 50 cats – a total much higher than the 113 deaths initially reported.

The shelter supervisor told reporter Gustavo Valdes that staff tried to keep 300 dogs and 100 cats safe from the raging storm which was lashing the shelter, which was built in 2008. But the powerful hurricane proved to be too much for the shelter to take – the storm surge water came rushing in and employees, who had stayed at the facility to keep the animals safe, were forced to help each other get into the attic space to survive.

As the water level rose inside of the shelter, the barking and howling from the kenneled and caged dogs came to an end, leaving the crushing sound of silence. Tip Burrows, the shelter’s executive director, tells CNN that she is devastated by the lives lost, even though the staff had no way of predicting that the shelter, which had endured several storms in the past, would flood.

The rush of water claimed lives, in addition to the shelter’s food, medicine, medical equipment and vehicles.

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4 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    I can’t imagine the heartbreak these people feel, going through what they did and powerless to do anything about it. I have been keeping the people of the Bahama’s in my prayers and so wish there was some way to make it all better.

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  2. Pennys dachshunds says:

    So every Sad to Even think of Drowning !!! But if IT had to Be maybe it was better than euthanasia!!! The Hearts and Souls Of 220 homeless animal’s that Staff Made a Valiant Effort to Save Entered into The Rainbow Bridge To Never be abused, Starved , tortured and Homeless again. They are Home at Last!!! Bless each and every one of them and the staff that managed to survive. They are to be commended for making the effort that could have cost them their lives too…

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  3. Jan Barnes says:

    MANY ORGANIZATIONS ARE TRYING TO HELP THE VICTIMS! PLEASE PLEASE HELP THEM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!

    THERE ARE MANY ANGELS AND HEROES AT WORK, BUT THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT!

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  4. Bunny Peters says:

    I don’t understand why the kenneled animals couldn’t have been let out of their cages and enclosures…… perhaps more might’ve survived……

    In all fairness I am an “armchair quarterback with 20/20 vision”…….

    I am very sorry about the horrible loss of all these precious treasures…….. I know that all of you are in Heaven. Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group and RIP amongst loving friends…….

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