Pet rescuers return from Louisiana

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Jeannie Brousseau of Sun Valley, a registered veterinary technician, worked with Burbank veterinarian Susy Horowitz. Brousseau recalled how they rescued a emaciated, scared and suspicious pit bull cowering under a house. They had to coax the dog to come to them because they’d been warned not to crawl under water-weakened homes that might collapse. “I couldn’t wait to take a bath and go to bed,’ Brousseau said. “Then I remembered there were thousands of people there who didn’t have that luxury. Then we had to evacuate to Baton Rouge because of (Hurricane) Rita. A family put us up on their living room floor. It got pretty bad there with winds up to 73 mph. It downed a lot of trees and we lost power.’ Jennifer Warner, a Web master from North Hollywood, set up a database that tracked animals moving in and out of shelters and will help reunite pets and owners. She recalled a man looking for a dachshund. “His house flooded so fast it drowned his wife and their Great Dane,’ she said. “He took their 12-year-old dachshund, which had a tumor, cut a hole in the roof and climbed on top of the house. “Rescue workers came but told him he had to leave the dog. He didn’t locate it at our shelter, but I saw a report and believe he found it.’ PASADENA — People who had lost everything donating their time to help lost animals that’s what one Pasadena Humane Society worker remembers most about a Louisiana rescue mission. Julie Storey of Altadena, a Humane Society officer, was one of four women all Pasadena Humane Society volunteers who last month delivered an animal control vehicle and supplies to Louisiana Humane Society officials and spent 10 days rescuing animals. “I wish we could have done more,’ Storey said. “We were there just two or three days when we have to leave because of Hurricane Rita. After Hurricane Rita we were there for two or three more days and then we had to leave. There’s still a lot of work to be done there. We saw lots of houses and knew animals were inside.’ She said a problem is that many New Orleans homes have heavy bars on the doors and windows that served to keep rescuers out. She was part of a 15-truck convoy of animal rescuers that descended on the city’s hard-hit 9th Ward and Gentilly areas looking for abandoned animals. “We’d walk around and knock on doors and whistle and listen for barking. But some animals, like cats, don’t make noise. Another problem was the windows of most homes were so dirty from the flood waters we couldn’t see inside,’ she said. Before Rita arrived the four women evacuated 1,500 animals by placing them in crates and moving them to other locations, including prisons, Warner said. “The whole area is devastated,’ she said. “People have lost everything and were hoping to at least find a pet that had been part of their family. We stayed in a tent with 300 volunteers from all over the U.S. and Canada. These people were giving up their time, without pay, to help animals. It was wonderful to see that.’ Steven R. McNall, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA executive director, said they will send another team to Louisiana in two weeks. Ten dogs and seven cats from Louisiana were placed in foster care last month by the Pasadena Humane Society. If their owners don’t claim them by year’s end they will be put up for adoption. Emanuel Parker can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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