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The Española Valley Humane Society faces frozen pipes and gas outages during coldest week of the year. Community support saves the lives of many, but the crisis isn’t over.
On Thursday, the staff at the Española Valley Humane Society thought that the worst weather was behind them, but when water bowls in the dog kennels started to freeze over mid-day, they knew that the challenge was just beginning.
The private non-profit organization operates
within the walls of an aging city-owned building and it wasn’t until about noon that the employees noticed that temperatures within the shelter were dropping.
At that same time, the front desk received a call from the City of Española to inform them that gas was out in the entire area and water was soon to follow.
Immediately, the shelter staff sprang into action to evacuate all of the cats and dogs in the adoption kennels. Within four hours, 96 animals had found a safe place to stay in foster care for 48 hours with members of the community from as far away as White Rock, El Dorado and Dixon.
The shelter is currently empty except for animals on quarantine, and those are all being housed in the part of the building heated by electricity, rather than gas.
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