Work­ers res­cue over 600 dogs from shel­ter

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Over 600 dogs in an an­i­mal shel­ter had to be helped to higher grounds af­ter an overnight down­pour flooded the shel­ter in Teluk Ba­hang on Fri­day.

The shel­ter of Pe­nang An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety (4PAWS) was waist­deep in wa­ter and its fence col­lapsed when a tree fell on it.

Its founder Bar­bara Janssen said that as 4PAWS was lo­cated next to a river, rag­ing waters flooded the shel­ter and the dogs could not swim to safety.

“My work­ers car­ried the dogs to higher grounds,” Janssen said.

She said it started to rain heav­ily at around 4am that morn­ing.

“It was start­ing to flood at about 6am but sud­denly the river at the back over­flowed and within sec­onds the wa­ter was waist-deep.”

Janssen, whose shel­ter has daysold pup­pies to 12-year-old dogs, ap­pealed for pub­lic aid to re­pair the dam­aged shel­ter.

“We need help to buy ma­te­rial for roof­ing, fenc­ing, bricks and ce­ment,” she said, adding that she was still check­ing the ex­tent of the dam­age.

Janssen, who is seek­ing help, can be reached at https:// www.face­book.

Pe­nang has been hit by heavy rain since Fri­day and the state has come to a grind­ing halt in the worst flash floods the state has seen in re­cent times.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the overnight down­pour pro­duced the high­est amount of rain­fall ever recorded in the state’s his­tory at 270mm, as mea­sured from the Air Itam dam on Fri­day morn­ing.

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