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GREENSBURG: ROAD TO RECOVERY Pratt shelters unclaimed pets

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, May 14, 2007, at 1:36 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.

Amid the buildings that were destroyed by the Greensburg tornado, perhaps the most unlikely animal survivor was found last week: a goldfish.

"Everything had been demolished, except for this one glass case that was sitting there, with this fish tank sitting on it," said Alice Bailey, manager of the Pratt County Humane Society, which is caring for that fish and the approximately 100 other animals that were found after the tornado.

About 200 pets -- dogs, cats, cows and rabbits -- have been claimed by their owners since the tornado.

The remaining animals are now at a Kansas Department of Transportation building in Greensburg, but on Wednesday, the animals that have yet to be claimed by their owners will be moved to the Humane Society in Pratt.

Bailey said the Humane Society will wait 30 days for owners to get their pets.

"After that, we'll adopt them out if nobody's come and claimed them," she said.

Bailey said owners who aren't able to get their pets because they don't have space for them should still contact the Humane Society, which can board them.

Bailey said none of the animals will be put down.

"We're trying to find homes for them all," she said.

Anyone with questions about the animals can contact the Humane Society at 620-672-6777, or Bailey at 620-388-2321.

U.S. 54 still closed through Greensburg

U.S. 54, the highway through Greensburg, continues to be closed to the public.

The highway is closed between Highway 183, just west of Greensburg, to Pratt, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Contributing: Amanda O'Toole of The Eagle

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