RUSTON -- An animal shelter in Ruston needs your help after the severe storms that recently rolled through the area.
The severe weather last Tuesday destroyed a kennel at the 4PAWS Animal Rescue in Ruston. Unfortunately, the storm claimed the life of a small, Dachshund-mix puppy named Zach, who was in the 12 by 9 foot kennel at the time.
Susan Martin, president of the 501(c) organization, says the kennel was used to separate sick puppies from the adoptable pets until the puppies get better. The puppy that died was recovering from mange, ad was close to being put on adoption.
Another puppy named Bandit in the kennel survived the storm and was found the next day, unharmed.
Martin says the storm blew down a large pine tree on the property, which missed the main rescue facility by inches.
Martin says the shelter has had to spend thousands on cutting down two other trees on the property to prevent them from falling on the house. Even more is being spent on repairs and debris clean up, which the rescue volunteers are still working on this week.
The shelter is asking for any kind of help from the community, such as volunteers to help clean up the storm debris, monetary donations, or anything else from food to pet supplies.
Martin said students from Louisiana Tech University came by the shelter on Monday to help with storm clean up.
You can reach the shelter by calling (318) 251-DOGS or visiting their website, http://www.4pawsrescueinc.com.