Flash Floods Leave Hundreds of Kentucky Pets Homeless

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 2:15pm

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team arrived in Pike County, KY, following weekend storms that caused severe flooding and mudslides. The devastating rainfall is being blamed for multiple deaths, and a State of Emergency has been declared for the affected areas. As emergency evacuations and rescues continue, many families have been displaced from their homes—including hundreds of companion animals.

"Countless numbers of animals have been adversely impacted by the recent flooding and are in need of immediate care and housing," says Kyle Held, ASPCA Midwest Regional Director of Field Investigations and Response.

On July 20, at the request of the Pike County Humane Society, members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team were deployed to help with the crisis. The Team is currently working to transport shelter animals to a temporary location and making room for displaced pets. The ASPCA's new custom designed animal transport trailer is also on hand.

"Emergency transport will help ease the strain on the already full humane society," says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. "We are grateful to be able to assist the Pike County Humane Society and to be in a position to provide aid for the animal victims."

Stay tuned to for more details on this developing story.