Workers rescue over 600 dogs from shelter
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.