Huntington animal shelter seeks community donations to repair storm damage

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An animal shelter in Huntington is asking for help repairing the facility that was damaged by a storm.

The executive director of Little Shelter says lightning struck the area behind the shelter Wednesday night. None of the animals or workers were hurt, but the shelter was damaged.

A tree was damaged -- left with a scorch mark running almost the length of the trunk of the tree. There was also damage to a memorial fountain that has been at the shelter for almost 20 years.

The executive director says they are also suffering some electrical complications from the lightning strike. The shelter's air conditioner is not working completely and the phones are not working.

The shelter is hoping to raise money to try to get everything fixed. The executive director says this is an extremely stressful event for the animals.

"For the animals, it's a little bit of a sacrifice for them, because they've got less care right now," says David Ceely. "We have to put ice in their water to make sure that they're cool. And they're dealing with the same thing, the hot temperatures, you know, the crazy heat and they're just tired."

Ceely says workers are using portable air conditioners to keep animals and staff safe, but the damage couldn't have come at a worse time -- during kitten adoption season.

The Little Shelter has been in business for 92 years. Ceely says they run completely on donations, so they need the community's help in order to restore the electricity and to fix the things that were damaged.

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